How are shin splints caused? How do I heal my shin splints? Will Blitzu compression calf sleeves or compression socks help with my shins splints? At Blitzu, we receive many calls and emails from customers asking those questions. Shin splints are one of the most common injuries known to runners, however, it's both curable and preventable. If you're concerned about the health of those shins of yours, read on and find out how you can avoid having shin splints for the rest of your life.
What are shin splints?
“Shin splints” is a catch-all term to refer to pain on the front lower leg. The fancy medical terminology for the most common cause of shin splints is “medial tibial stress syndrome”. This syndrome occurs when the leg is repetitively exposed to impact-based stress, which can fatigue the muscles on the back of the leg, and create excessive bending of the tibia bone of the lower leg. When the tibia bends and moves, the tendons and soft tissue along the front of the leg that connect to the tibia can become overused and inflamed, resulting in you grimacing with each step.
How Do You Get Shin Splints?
There are many causes of shin splints, including:
- A sharp increase in activity
- A change to a hard or uneven training or running surface
- Improper or worn-out footwear
- Weak core muscles
- Inflexibility in the muscles of the lower leg, specifically the calves
- Weak muscles in the front of the legs
How to Prevent Shin Splints
Stretching and practicing correct biomechanics are two basic ways to prevent the development of shin splints. Calf strengthening and calf stretches are especially important to athletes who are prone to shin splints. Tight calves pull on the tibia, which then causes pain in the shin. Remember, if you want to prevent having tight calves – stretch, stretch, stretch!
Alternating shoes and paying special attention to worn out shoes is the best way to avoid critical impact levels. Shoes are constructed to absorb some of the impact from running and other exercises, so worn out shoes transfer this impact to the athlete’s feet and legs. The rule of thumb is that running shoes should be replaced every 300 to 500 miles.
Calf Sleeves and Compression Socks for Shin Splints
A lot of athletes these days wear bandages or calf leg sleeves to reduce or prevent shin discomfort. Blitzu Compression calf sleeves and compression socks are designed to provide additional calf and shin support, and ultimately shin splint relief. They effectively reduce muscle oscillations during high-impact activity. Reduced muscles vibrations make muscles more efficient so runners and other athletes can workout harder and longer to achieve their fitness goals. These sleeves are a great alternative to traditional tapping methods. To learn more and to find the right calf sleeves and compression socks to meet your needs, please visit http://www.blitzugear.com