Shin splints: Tibial stress syndromePublished 12:02pm Friday, March 23, 2012
Now that warm weather’s here, more folks are outside, and enjoy walking, running, tennis, basketball, racquetball and hiking, among other foot bearing activities. With all this, often comes that ole spring time malady “shin splints,” and if you’ve ever had them, you know how painful and aggravating they can be.
Shin splints are generally described as soreness that occurs in front of the lower leg. Although painful, a shin splint isn’t usually an actual injury, but rather a “syndrome” or condition.
So what is a shin splint anyway? Shin splints (Tibial Stress Syndrome) occur when one or several muscles (usually the anterior tibialis) that attach to the shin bone are overworked, and pull on the two lower leg bones, the tibula (shin bone) and the fibula.