I wanted to go through shin splints really thoroughly for you because it is so important to manage tightness in this area if you have pain or not! Shin pain can be a real indicator that your running technique may need some fine adjustments as well as other reasons like shoes etc. I looked at medial tibial stress syndrome the other week from the perspective of easing tightness through the inside of the shin and today I just want to look at it and show you what happens with the front of the shin.
Basically a few things can happen in that area, the first is that the muscle on the front of the shin doesn’t do its job properly in controlling the foot from heel strike to foot flat. You can pick that up with heavy feet, you can basically hear your foot slamming down. Sometimes this is made worse with overstriding, the knee straightens and locks into heal strike and SLAP, the foot drops down…HEAVY force, not controlled.
The other thing that can happen is calf tightness can limit your ability to come over the foot during support phase so the foot has to toe off early and it is the front shin muscle ‘tibialis anterior’ that really works hard to do that. When it works too hard it can develop tightness and trigger points in the muscle that then make it weaker and inhibit activation and all of a sudden you have a nasty little feedback loop happening, technique is affected and so the wheel turns…NOOOO! SHIN SPLINTS, STRESS FRACTURES, NO RUNNING!
So the key is to get to know your shins and start to ease them proactively. In this video I go through exactly how to do that really quickly and it’s a good one to put into your ‘running toolkit’ of skills. Remember comfy at all times, and if it’s puffy, swollen, red, warm, pins and needles, anything funny don’t touch it, check it with your health care professional.
Hope this is useful for you guys! Have fun with it.
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