Do you ever get that feeling in your shins after a workout, long walk or just simply getting around on your two feet where it feels like someone’s taken a hammer to your shins? You could be experiencing shin splints! Shin splints are when there is stress put on your shinbone and the connective tissues that attach your muscles to your bone. It can be very painful and create uncomfortable inflammation, making it hard to get around.
There could be many reasons as to why this happens. It could be due to flat feet, improper footwear, working out without properly warming up or cooling down, weak ankles, hips or a weak core. With that being said, all of these reasons can be corrected!
The number one thing is rest. You need to listen to your body and when it’s telling you enough is enough, it’s usually right! Second, you may want to talk to your Chiropodist about custom made orthotics, if they are right for you and proper footwear to enable your best foot health. If you are experiencing shin splints after an intense workout, it’s probably due to improper warming up and cooling down so be sure to research some stretches that work best for you and your mobility. Along with researching proper warm ups and cool downs, it will prove useful to also research small exercises you can either do every morning or night to help improve the strength in your ankles, hips and core. All three of those things are vital when it comes to your mobility and overall health.
Unfortunately, like most things, it’s hard to determine exactly how long shin splints can take to heal as everyone’s body and healing process is different. Some will feel better in a matter of days to weeks, while others can take months! It completely depends on the cause and the care taken afterwards.
All in all, I think we can all agree that shin splints are uncomfortable and certainly unwelcome. If you can relate to feeling this pain, don’t hesitate to contact us for a consultation to get back on your feet and be shin splint free!