Shin splints are generally a runner’s worst nightmare, causing soreness along the shin bone during running. My shin splints in college were the worst! Shin Splints are generally considered to be an overuse syndrome of the lower legs and shin (tibia). To treat shin splints, it’s important to understand that the cause of the splints has been present for a long period of time and treatment options need to include a full assessment of the entire leg during walking and running.
- Tibial Nerve Pain- Due to the proximity to the area the tibial nerve could be generating the majority of the pain that is perceived as the splints.
- Pronation- Excessive and uncontrolled dropping of the arch (pronation) creates excessive strain on the tibial bone
- Limited Plantar flexion- motion associated with pointing toes like a ballerina
- Limited hip External Range of motion- hips rotating away from the body
- High Ground Reaction forces- how hard your foot hits the ground