A running injury such as shin splints is moderately common. Many people believe they were not “designed to run” because they have shin splints. Shin splint is an injury that can be managed.
Shin splints are a type of overuse ailment that affects the muscles and tendons in the front of the leg and ankle. Because of your innate mechanics, these tendons are overactive. Your mechanics become unstable if your foot is flat or has an extremely high arch. Increased muscular use is one way for your body to compensate for the instability by adding stability.
Unfortunately, when muscles are overworked, their blood supply is insufficient to support the increased workload. The tissues don’t get enough oxygen and “cry out” for more by becoming irritated and generating discomfort. Most overuse running injuries, including shin splints, fall under this category.
Addressing your mechanics and reducing the use of the muscles are great ways to control shin splints. A custom orthotic, a specific footbed built for you to allow your feet to work more stable and efficient, is the best way to do this. An orthotic, when properly made, can effectively reduce shin splints.
If you experience shin splints, you might consider getting a custom orthotic so you can run without pain. For an evaluation to discover if custom-made orthotics are the best treatment for your shin splints, contact Houston podiatrist Dr. Shobowale.