Crunchy Kickoff Mozzarella Sticks: Game-Day Goodness
Vegan Maple Sesame Game Day Cauliflower “Wings”
You’ve Gotta Try this in February 2024
Choosing Connection: A BC Family Day Pledge to Prioritize Presence Over Plans
Embracing Plant-Based Living this Veganuary and Beyond
Heal Your Gut, Naturally
Inviting the Steller’s Jay to Your Garden
6 Budget-friendly Holiday Decor Pieces
Dream Home: $8 Million for a Modern Surprise
Local Getaway: Recharge at a Vancouver Island Oceanside Retreat
Protected: The 2024 Spring Road Trip Destination You Won’t Want To Miss
The People’s Open Just One Reason to Visit Some Classic Scottsdale Golf Courses
10 Places to See Holiday Lights in Metro Vancouver
Vancouver Adventures: Our Picks for December
What to Watch This Week: December 3 to 8
Are you getting the most from your expertly cultivated and perfectly aged wine collection?
The Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide for Him
The Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide for Her
Whether you're a novice runner or a seasoned athlete, you could be at risk for developing shin splints
Changing your footwear or training patterns can leave you susceptible to shin splints
Shin splints refers to the pain in the front or on the inner side of the lower leg where the muscles attach to the shin bone (tibia).
Both novice and seasoned athletes are prone to developing shin splints.
Shin splints often develop when a person changes training surfaces or footwear. They can also be caused by muscle imbalances or by a sudden increase in how hard or how long you train.
Inflexible muscles of the upper thigh can lead to shin splints in runners: flexible muscles are more efficient at absorbing shock, and when the thigh muscles can’t absorb the impact, it vibrates down the length of the leg.
With the novice exerciser, poor running or walking technique can also cause shin splints.
Ice and rest are the immediate recommendation for treating shin splints. Stop the activity that caused the injury, or substitute low-impact activities like swimming or cycling until you are pain free.
See your doctor if the injury is chronic and severe. Your physician may suggest X-rays, anti-inflammatory medications and/or a visit to a physiotherapist. An analysis of your running and walking technique may be required, or you may need an assessment to rule out structural problems of the legs and feet.
To lower your risk of developing shin splints, exercise to strengthen all the muscles of the lower leg, and always stretch before and after physical activity.
Originally published in Wellness Matters, Canada Wide Media’s quarterly newsletter on health and wellness.