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What does it mean when your shins are really sore when walking or standing

By Anonymous February 22, 2010 - 12:03pm
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Hi Anon

Thanks for your question!

Shin pain can happen for a variety of reasons and the term applied is often "shin splints".

Our Encyclopedia talks about what shin splints are the risk factors involved :

A shin splint is inflammation and pain along the inner part of the lower leg. It involves the tibia (shin bone).

Shin splints occur when the tissue that connects muscles to the lining of the tibia becomes irritated and inflamed.

Risk factors for a shin splint include:

◦Improper stretching or failure to warm up before exercising
◦Activities that involve repeated pounding of the legs on hard surfaces, such as running, basketball, or tennis
◦Increasing intensity of exercise or mileage of running without proper preparation and conditioning
◦Worn-out or ill-fitting footwear
◦Improper running technique or problems with the way the foot hits the ground when running
◦A strength imbalance between two opposing muscle groups in the leg
◦Flattened foot arches
◦Running on a slope

Symptoms of a shin splint include:

◦Pain on the inner side of the shin, described as aching or throbbing with local tenderness
◦Swelling or redness of the shin (possible, but not common)

For more on this, check out our Shin Splint page here : http://www.empowher.com/media/reference/shin-splint

When you say "walking" do you mean walking simply to move around or walking to exercise.
Walking incorrectly when doing it for exercise can mean that you need to shorten your strides and not take long steps (known as overstriding) and trying to walk too quickly.

What kind of shoes are you wearing? When you are standing, are you barefoot? How old are you?

How long have you had this pain?

I'm sorry I'm asking so many questions but there was no body to your message (a title only) and we need more information so that we can help you!

We look forward to an update!

February 22, 2010 - 2:00pm
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