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what shin splints

Shin splints is a common injury that affects athletes who engage in running sports or basic activities such as cross country, football, or hiking. This condition is characterized by pain in the lower part of the leg between the knee and the ankle. Ignoring this injury may result in a more serious condition such as a stress fracture of the bones.

Shin splints, known as medial tibial stress syndrome (MTSS), can usually be attributed to overloading the muscles of the lower extremities or to biomechanical irregularities. Muscle imbalance, including weak core muscles, can cause lower-extremity injuries, and inflexibility and tightness of the gastrocnemius, soleus, and plantar muscles (commonly the flexor digitorum longus) may contribute, as well.

Increasing activity, intensity, and duration too quickly leads to shin splints because the tendons and muscles are unable to absorb the impact of the shock force as they become fatigued; also, the tibial bone-remodeling capabilities are overloaded.

People with flat feet are prone to shin splints.Bio-mechanically, over-pronation is the common cause for medial tibial stress syndrome.

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