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What causes shin splints?

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This common problem can result from:

If you’re active, you could get them if you make sudden changes like more intense, more frequent, or longer workouts.

  • Flat feet -- when the impact of a step makes your foot's arch collapse (your doctor will call this overpronation)
  • Shoes that don’t fit well or provide good support
  • Working out without warmup or cooldown stretches
  • Weak ankles, hips, or core muscles

From: What Are Shin Splints? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: ''Shin Splints.''

Davis, M. , American College of Physicians Press, 2005. Expert Guide to Sports Medicine

Rouzier, P. second edition, SportsMed Press, 2004. The Sports Medicine Patient Advisor,

Mayo Clinic: “Stress Fractures.”

Reviewed by Michael W. Smith on December 13, 2017

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SOURCES:

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: ''Shin Splints.''

Davis, M. , American College of Physicians Press, 2005. Expert Guide to Sports Medicine

Rouzier, P. second edition, SportsMed Press, 2004. The Sports Medicine Patient Advisor,

Mayo Clinic: “Stress Fractures.”

Reviewed by Michael W. Smith on December 13, 2017

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