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Give those shins a break!

Tibial stress syndrome, often referred to as “shin splints,” is an injury that occurs along the shin, which is the largest bone in the lower leg between the knee and ankle. Shin splints often occur due to repetitive stress and are a common injury related to activities such as running, jumping, dancing, soccer, and basketball. This condition develops from inflammation in the muscles, tendons, and bone tissue of the shins and can affect one or both legs simultaneously. When excessive force and overstretching push the tissue against the bone, swelling, pain, and inflammation can result. Failing to allow your shins proper rest after an injury may lead to the development of small cracks in the bone, potentially causing a complete fracture or a stress fracture.

Shin splints can result in intense pain that travels along the outer edge of your shin, limiting your movement and activity. They may also bring shooting pains, tenderness, swelling, and weakness in the lower leg and foot. It's important to highlight that we are not medical professionals. If you suspect you have a shin splint, it's advisable to consult with a licensed healthcare provider.

The key to avoiding shin splints is to simply warm up and stretch properly before starting any physical activity. This rule is crucial for everyone, whether you're a professional athlete or a beginner in fitness. Similar to how a car engine needs time to warm up in cold weather, the human body requires blood circulation to the muscles before exercise. A good warm-up and stretching routine will help relax the muscles and tendons, enhancing strength, endurance, and flexibility, thus reducing the risk of inflammation and shin splints.

Swapping out your running shoes can be beneficial in alleviating shin splints. The cushioning in your current running shoes might have worn down and lost its ability to absorb impact. It's crucial to have proper support in your shoes. Consider your foot strike pattern and ensure your running shoes provide the appropriate level of support.

Commonly overlooked, diet can also play a crucial role in preventing shin splints. Inadequacies in essential vitamins and minerals such as vitamin D, calcium, copper, and potassium can lead to bone and joint weakness and impair blood circulation. Additionally, a diet high in sodium may elevate the chances of inflammation. Maintaining a balanced diet is essential for supplying your muscles with the necessary nutrients for optimal performance. It is also important to stay hydrated by drinking an adequate amount of water to prevent dehydration.

Finally, incorporating a calf compression sleeve provides additional support for your legs. These sleeves compress the calves and shins, enhancing oxygen and blood flow to areas prone to shin splints and similar injuries. This increased circulation boosts muscular endurance, enhances muscle efficiency, and assists in alleviating pain. Research indicates that compression socks can assist runners in reducing muscle soreness and inflammation while improving performance. In essence, compression socks offer additional support and safeguard your shins from potential injuries.

If your footwear is in need of replacement or you are seeking compression sleeves to alleviate shin splints, don’t hesitate to contact us at 904-356-0459 or visit our store at 845 Blanding Blvd., Orange Park, FL 32065. Let's bid farewell to those shin splints!

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