What Causes Shin Pain When Walking or Running?
Shin splints are painful conditions caused by overuse of the muscles in your legs. They usually occur after long periods of sitting down, standing up and walking. The most common cause is wearing flat shoes with little to no arch support. Flat shoes do not provide enough support for your feet to keep them from falling asleep while you walk or run. You may have experienced shin splints before if you were a runner. If so, then you probably know how they feel like.
Shin pain occurs when the muscles in your legs tighten up due to tightness in the tendons connecting the muscle fibers to each other. These tight muscles make it difficult for your foot to move freely and therefore cause pain when you walk or run.
The best way to prevent shin splints is by wearing flat shoes with some sort of arch support. Some runners wear orthotics which help to reduce the amount of pressure on the plantar fascia (the layer of connective tissue between your bones). Orthotic shoes are available in different types such as cushioned, supportive, and flexible.
There are also orthotic inserts that provide additional support.
If you don’t want to buy any special shoe or insert, then there is another option: simply stop using flat shoes altogether! Wearing running shoes with proper support can help alleviate shin splints. You may have to start out by wearing the required shoes for only a few hours a day at first.
As your feet get stronger you can start wearing them for longer periods of time. As always, if you experience any severe pain when walking or running consult a medical professional right away.
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What Causes Shin Pain When Walking or Running?
Have you ever had pain in your shins while running?
This can be a very uncomfortable experience, especially if you don’t know what exactly is causing it. While shin splints are the most common culprit, there are other different reasons why you may be feeling pain in that area of your leg.
In this article, I will go over what shin splints are and what causes them. I will also discuss how you can tell the difference between shin splints and other conditions that may be causing pain in your shins.
What are shin splints?
You have a large group of muscles in your legs called your quadriceps. These are the muscles in the front of your legs. You also have another large group of muscles behind your quadriceps. They are called your hamstrings.
In addition to your major muscles, you also have smaller groups of muscles in your feet, ankles and shins. These smaller muscles help you to move your feet and toes.
Your leg muscles work together to help you do a variety of things. They help you walk, run, jump and stand. When your legs are under stress, such as during running or jumping, these muscles can become strained or torn.
If you don’t rest them, they can also become strained or tear. This is what is commonly known as shin splints.
There are many activities that may cause shin splints. These include:
playing tennis or basketball
If you have shin splints, you may feel pain along the inside and front of your leg. You may also feel it in the bottom of your feet.
What are the symptoms of shin splints?
The symptoms of shin splints include pain in the front and inside of your legs. You may also feel this pain on the bottom of your feet. The pain is a result of the stress being placed on your leg muscles and tendons.
You may also notice some redness and swelling in the front and inside of your legs.
How are shin splints diagnosed?
Your healthcare provider will ask you questions about your medical history and give you a physical exam. You should tell him or her when the pain started and how long you have been having pain. It is also important to let him or her know if this is a recent development or if you have had it for a long time.
During the physical exam, your healthcare provider should check to see how much you are moving your feet. He or she should then check to see if you have any redness or swelling in that area of your leg.
You may need other tests such as an x-ray, bone scan or MRI to diagnose the exact problem. These tests can show if you have a fracture, stress fracture or if there is excessive swelling in your legs.
How are shin splints treated?
You should rest. This means that you should stop the activity that is causing your pain. If it is running, don’t run. If it is jumping, then don’t jump. Your healthcare provider may also prescribe a medicine such as ibuprofen to help with the pain and swelling.
Your healthcare provider may also suggest using a compression bandage or orthotic inserts in your shoes.
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