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Jogging new legs

According to Physiopedia, Shin-splints is most common with running and jumping athletes who made training errors, especially when they overload or when they run too fast for their potential. This injury can also be related to changes in the training program, such as an increase in distance, intensity and duration.  Running on a hard or uneven surface and bad running shoes (like a poor shock absorbing capacity) could be one of the factors related to the casualty. Biomechanical abnormalities as foot arch abnormalities, hyperpronation of the foot, unequal leg length,..  are the most frequently mentioned intrinsic factors.

Women have an increased risk to incur stress fractures, especially with this syndrome. This is due to nutritional, hormonal and biomechanical abnormalities. Individuals who are overweight are more susceptible to getting this syndrome. Therefore it is important that people who are overweight, combine their exercise with a diet or try to lose weight before starting therapy or a training program. These people, along with poor conditioned individuals, should always slowly increase their training level. Cold weather contributes to this symptom, therefore it’s important (even more than usual) to warm up properly.

Characteristics

The main symptom is dull pain located along the second third of the length of the posteromedial tibia. A mild oedema in this painful area may also be present. The symptoms are often bilateral. The pain is caused by repeated landing and take-off from a hard or uneven surface. This pain worsens at each moment of contact. At first the patient only feels pain at the beginning of the workout, often disappearing while exercising, only to return during the cool-down period. When shin splints get worse the pain can remain during exercise.

Physical Therapy Management

Shin-splints can be treated conservatively or surgically. Essentially the treatment may focus on: (a) reducing stress; (b) relieving pain; (c) providing alternative programs to maintain fitness; (d) correcting specific etiologic factors and (e) reintegration of the athlete into activity.

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