Fitness Friday Video: How to Treat Shin Splints

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You don’t have to be a serious runner to experience shin splints or other chronic lower-leg injuries, such as plantar fasciitis. Any exercise that requires a heel-to-toe movement, such as hiking or walking (these are popular activities at Green Mountain), can overwork the anterior tibialis and leave you with nagging shin pain.

Other common causes of shin splints include:

  • Not enough stretching
  • Sudden increase in exercise
  • Sudden increase in mileage
  • Worn out shoes
  • Running or jumping on hard surfaces
  • Excessive pronation
  • Muscle imbalance between the posterior and anterior leg

LynnAnn Covell, senior fitness specialist at Green Mountain at Fox Run, demonstrates how to prevent and treat your shin splints. Hint: Save your disposable water bottles because they might be useful home remedies! (Email viewers, head to the blog to watch.)

4 Responses (Add Yours)

  • Lindsay says:

    Hi Lisa – I just found this blog yesterday and subscribed and was quite happy when this post showed up in my reader this morning… couldn’t be more timely. One of the things I’m currently working through (beside shin splints) is feeling like I’ve never really learned to walk correctly! How strange huh? But seriously, when I walk, I think to myself, “are my feet doing what they’re supposed to be doing? Should my toes be straight ahead? Pointed outward? Inward? Should I be sashaying? Should I be more rigid? Should my heel hit first? Etc etc.” Any information you can provide on this is much appreciated. I can definitely do some Google research but I’d be interested to hear your thoughts. Thanks :)

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  • Lisa says:

    Lindsay,

    Let me get some tips from our senior fitness specialist LynnAnn, who is always helping women correct their gaits.

  • Lisa says:

    Lindsay, from our senior fitness specialist: Each person is a little different with their gait, but here are some general tips: Look ahead, not straight down at the ground, shoulders relaxed – back and down, pelvis tucked under. When walking up a hill, traverse the hill ( like a switch back) to lower the intensity and slow the pace.

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