How to avoid pesky shin splints

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Runner injury shin splint

As the weather continues to warm up, downtown Indianapolis sidewalks are becoming busier and the Monon Trail is becoming a lot more crowded. Whether it’s simply to stay in shape or train for an upcoming marathon, more individuals are heading outdoors to get active and run.

Running is a popular activity for those who are looking to get in shape without going to the gym. However, like any activity, runners do experience a variety of injuries. There are very few runners that haven’t, at some point in their running career, had a case of shin splints.

Shin splints are due to stress across the tibia (shin bone). Typically, shin splints are the result of repetitive impact activity such as running or jumping on hard surfaces.

According to Dr. Michael Thieken, OrthoIndy sports medicine specialist, individuals that participate in activities or sports that occur on harder surfaces are more susceptible to shin splints; such as running or playing basketball.

“Pain in the tibia or shin is the most common symptom of shin splints,” said Dr. Thieken. “Typically it’s a dull aching pain that occurs in the posterior medial tibia just below the mid-portion of the bone; this area is often tender to touch. The pain is usually heightened during activity and relieved by rest.”

So what can you do if you are experiencing this pain?

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