Posted 11/6/2015 by jegardne
Exercise advice from the Tanger Be Well Center at BIDMC.
You’ve finally worked a morning run into your routine, and you feel great. That’s until you push for that extra mile, and start noticing an ache along the front or inside of your shin. Your first thought: “maybe I pushed myself too far.”
If you’ve experienced pain or discomfort along the length of your shin at some point during your sports or fitness training routine, you might be part of the 10 to 20% of athletes that experience shin splints. The term ‘shin splints’ does not refer to a specific injury, but is a catch-all term for leg pain that occurs below the knee, either on the front outside or the inside part of the leg. The condition often plagues beginning runners who do try to build their mileage too quickly, or seasoned runners who abruptly change their workout regimen, suddenly adding too much mileage, or switching from running on flat surfaces to hills. Shin splints can generally be described in four words: “Too much, too soon.”