Everything you need to know about shin splints
Shin splints (medial tibial stress syndrome) is a common lower leg condition that often affects runners. If you are suffering from shin splints you will have pain have generalized pain around the front of your shins which will worsen during activity. The most common form of shin splints is medial shin splints which affects the medial area of the shins usually as a result of an imbalance a biomechanical imbalance in the lower legs causing excessive strain and tension on the shins. Shin splint pain can be triggered by small tears or inflammation on the periosteum muscle that wraps around the shin bone. Your pain may also be caused by the muscles surrounding the shin bone pulling away and detaching from the bone. There are a number of different reason as to why you might have developed shin splints including:
- Over pronation or supination of the feet during the gait cycle increases pressure on your lower limbs.
- Lack of proper stretching of the lower legs particular the calf muscles before exercise. This makes the muscles that support your shin bones to be tighter than they should be and more prone to over stretching when doing vigorous exercise involving your lower legs.
- Obesity placing abnormal load placed upon the lower legs adding to extra strain and stress to the lower limbs.
- Standing for long periods or running on hard surfaces increasing shock to your shins that can cause damage and inflammation to occur.
- Sudden twisting or trauma to the lower limbs can sprain and damage ligaments and muscles around your shins.
How wearing insoles can help?
Orthotic insoles can help prevent and treat shin splint in a number of different ways. The best insoles for this condition are ones that provide your feet with rigid support that keeps your feet as stable as possible. Arch support will also help by correcting function and muscle imbalances in your feet that can lead to strain on your lower limbs and strain. Another thing that your insoles must have is shock absorption. Good shock absorption is needed to stop shock from damaging your shins. Shock absorption is particularly important if you are a runner or you are constantly on your feet for long periods on hard surfaces. Below you will find a wide range of insoles that we have hand-picked that will help to ease your pain and keep you on your feet! If you have any questions regarding any of the insoles found below please feel free to get in touch using our contact form where we are always happy to help you find the right insoles for you. All of the insoles listed below all come with a full 30 day money back guarantee. This means when ordering you have absolutely nothing to loose because if the insoles aren’t right for you for whatever reason you can send them back to us to get a full refund!