What Causes Shin Splints?

By on August 3, 2015

Shin splints or medal tibia stress syndrome (MISS) is a condition that normally affects the shin which is the lower part of the leg. It is a painful condition that is caused by putting the shin bone through rigorous activity like sports.

The common symptom of this condition is severe pain in the shin area. This can be experienced before or after the activity. However, there are other symptoms to confirm the condition. These include tenderness on the lower part of the leg, significant swelling on the shin and numbing of the foot. However, what really causes shin splints?

Excessive exercise: When you conduct excessive exercise without finding time to rest, you will be exerting an enormous force on the shin bone thus causing shin splints.

Anatomical abnormality: This is a very rare scenario but it does exist. This is when one has medical issues with the shin but still participates in hard exercises. Example is when the shin bone has a fracture. When you further expose it to intense activity, the bone will crack further thus causing shin splints.

Lack of flexibility: This is a much common cause for much older or little children. When one is not flexible, it means that when doing exercise, the bones in the body will not receive the pressure of exercising evenly. One of these bones is the shin bone which will ultimately cause shin splints.

Improper exercising techniques: It is always important5 to know which training techniques to do before starting the exercise. This is because other techniques may prove to be strenuous to your bones thus causing shin splint.

Muscle weakness: This mostly applies to the buttock and thigh muscles. If these muscles are weak, the force of the body will all rest on the shin bone especially when doing exercises.

In order to prevent shin splints, it is advisable to put on shoes that fit the foot well, gradually increase the intensity of exercising, carry out warming up techniques before carrying out the exercise, engage in muscle building exercises and finally avoid exercising on flat surfaces constantly.