What are shin splints?
Otherwise known as Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome (MTSS), shin splints are usually the result of over-exerting during exercise or training. This condition is very common in athletes, soldiers, and those getting back into regular physical activity. Shin splints happen when your muscles and bones tug and pull at their insertion on the shin bone. It typically becomes painful and swollen and may make it difficult to perform lower leg movements (such as walking).
Frequent and repetitive movement is the most common cause of shin splints. Common exercises like this include running, jumping, dancing, and hiking. Not wearing proper supportive shoes during these activities can increase the chance of injury. Besides physical activity, you may be prone to MTSS if you have flat feet, high arches, or rigid arches. Your feet typically won’t absorb enough of the impact with these conditions.
Proper footwear for prevention
After determining that you have shin splints, it’s essential to rest, ice the injury, and consider supportive shoes and inserts to prevent future damage. Orthotics can help support your arches and reduce stress during physical activity. Comfort Pair has a wide selection of orthotics and comfort shoes for all your physical activity needs!