splints are a common injury with long distance runners. The
pain is generally described as an aching pain that runs along the
shin bone. The pain usually is worst at the beginning of a
run and progressively gets better if the athlete runs through the
pain. There are two kinds of shin splints: anterior shin splints
and posterior shin splints.
shin splints is classically caused by your tibialis anterior
muscle which runs along the front outer edge of your shin bone.
It can also be caused by the extensor digitorum and extensor hallucis
longus muscles. Release of adhesions between these muscles
using A.R.T. will correct the problem. The calf muscles will
also need to be vigorously stretched. The calf muscles tend
to overpower the smaller anterior muscles. This imbalance
between the posterior and anterior shin muscles contributes to the
shin splint problem. Kinesiotaping
highly effective treatment for this condition.
shin splints is a problem of the tibialis posterior muscle,
which is a muscle that runs posterior and medial to the shin bone.
Usually posterior shin splints is caused by a dropped foot arch.
The best means to correct this problem is through a custom
orthotic that will maintain proper foot biomechanics.