This condition has many different forms, primarily due to increased mileage and stress over too short of a period. Sometimes shin splints are just pain on the front portion of your lower leg, known as your tibialis anterior. Other times there can be a periosteal reaction resulting in minor stress fractures, which is why proper therapy is essential.
Like most running conditions, this occurs because the calf musculature becomes overly tight and causes strain.
Goals with treatment:
- Reducing tightness of muscles in the calf while working to help muscle balance.
- Co-activation to distribute the forces when running.
- We will also form a plan to avoid "too much, too soon, too long" when training.