Get insoles for shin splints and help prevent this common injury. 

Shin splints are quite common.  If you have ever suffered from shin splints you know what a challenge such pain and discomfort can present. If not, you are fortunate and need to be aware of ways you can prevent them. Shin splints, or Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome (MTSS),  are injuries that cause pain along the tibia and fibula (the large bones that run along the front inside and outside of the lower leg). The muscles, tendons and bones that are attached to these bones can become overworked by increased or varied activity resulting in the pain we call shin splints.  Activities that cause or aggravate shin splints include walking, running, dancing, strenuous training, or just an increase in daily activities and exertion. Runners will often suffer from shin splints after changing  the surface they run on or increasing the intensity of their workouts. It is also common for military personnel and dancers to suffer from shin splints. 

You might have shin splints if you experience pain, soreness or tenderness along the front part of the leg below the knee. The pain is typically on the outer edge of the mid region of the leg next to the shin or tibia. Inflammation in the lower leg, shin area is usually present. Typically the pain is experienced early in a workout, or during a physical activity, then lessens and reappears at the end of the activity.

Shoe inserts for shin splints can offer relief from shin splints. 

The most  common causes of shin splints are stress fractures or tiny breaks in the lower leg bones. Overpronation, a fancy name for “flat feet,” can also lead to shin splints.  This happens when the impact of a person’s steps make the arch of the foot collapse. Irritated, swollen and overused muscles are also common causes of shin splints.

Thankfully there are many things that can can be done to prevent shin splints. One of the best is to find the appropriate shoe inserts for shin splints.  Shin splint insoles will fit the needs of an individual’s feet. Shin splint insoles will also provide the support and cushioning necessary to aid injured legs in the healing process. The best shin splint insoles can protect those that are not suffering from shin splints by providing the appropriate support and cushioning needed for different daily activities, or new training schedules (such as in the military or running). A thorough warm-up with good stretching is important to a prevention. Avoiding hard surfaces as much as possible is a good idea for the one that is suffering from shin splints. If hard surfaces are unavoidable, the cushioning and support that shin splint insoles provide is crucial to healing and prevention.For treatment of shin splints, try icing the lower legs for 20 minutes every 3-4 hours for 2-3 days or until the pain is gone. Anti-inflammatory pain medications are beneficial; remember to use in moderation to protect the gut and prevent ulcers, bleeding and reflux.  

Insoles and Beyond carries some of the best insoles for shin splints. 

Insoles for shin splints are helpful as they will give the arches the support they need and address one of the many causes of the injury. Shin splint insoles also provide support and cushioning that aid in healing and increase comfort along the way. Finally, rest is always key in healing from an injury.  Let us know how we can assist you in finding the best shin splint insoles for the well-being and comfort of your feet.