FAQ – Why do I get shin splints when I run?

So Why do I get shin splints when I run? Shin splints develop from over-use, which is why they occur in runners or power-walkers.  The muscle and tendon become inflamed particularly at the area where the muscle converges with the tendon.  Shin splints can develop anywhere that a muscle is being over-used.  The front, outside and inside aspect of the lower image_shin_splintsleg is the most common areas that shin splints occur.  The most common factors that can lead toshin splints include biomechanical imbalance (one example is over-pronators), beginning a new work-out, resuming a work-out after a period of inactivity, change in surfaces or change in shoe gear.  If you are experiencing shin splints pain (burning, aching along the lower leg after work-outs), then try slowly increasing your activity level instead of performing too much too soon for beginner work-outs.  Also ice, topical analgesics (BIOFREEZE) and anti-inflammatories (Ibuprofen, Advil, or Motrin) can help reduce pain as well.  If pain is not resolving with these treatments at home, then call Advanced Podiatry at (813) 875-0555 and let the doctors at Advanced Podiatry evaluate what’s causing the shin splints and how to prevent them from returning.