What Causes Shin Splints?

What causes shin splints?

Shin splints, medically known as medial tibial stress syndrome, is a term for pain in the front or inner part of the lower leg.  This common sports injury can involve inflammation to the muscles, tendons, and thin layer of tissue that covers the bone.  Although shin splints are most commonly associated with runners, they can impact the performance of all athletes ranging from basketball and soccer players to racquetball players.


Athletes develop shin splints when constant stress or force is applied to the bones, muscles, and joints in the lower leg.  This force creates inflammation, and leads to discomfort and pain.  Shin splints can be caused by a range of other factors as well.  Changes in exercise frequency or pattern, such as adding too much mileage to a run or increasing the number of days you exercise each week, can cause shin splints.  Another cause of shin splints is running downhill.  When running downhill, the foot impacts the ground in a plantar-flexed position (toes pointed down).  This places more stress on the muscles in the front of the lower leg, rather than evenly distributing the weight throughout the foot.  Along with running downhill, running or exercising in old shoes can intensify shin splints.  When athletic shoes wear down, they absorb shock less efficiently and the arch begins to flatten out.

How Does Zensah Help?

Zensah Calf / Shin Compression Sleeve

Zensah Calf / Shin Compression Sleeve


With Zensah’s unique designs and the use of compression technology, athletes can say goodbye to shin splints! Zensah has designed several products to help prevent shin splints and alleviate shin splint pain.  Our most popular item, Compression Leg Sleeves, were designed by professional athletic trainers to specifically target shin splints.  V-shaped chevron ribbing on the front of the sleeves provide the same relief as kinesiology tape, without having to be “taped up” by a trainer.  These sleeves are light enough to allow running with shin splints, and provide support to the muscles in the shin to reduce the risk of injury.  The Compression Leg Sleeves are sold as a pair, and can be purchased as a single unit with Zensah’s Calf/Shin Splint Compression Sleeves.  Zensah also offers Wool Compression Leg Sleeves to provide protection against shin splints during morning runs, in the outdoors, and during cold weather.  For additional muscle support, Zensah’s Ultra Compression Leg Sleeves heighten stabilization in the leg muscles and further reduce shin splint pain.  Also, Zensah Tech+ Compression Socks provide support to the shin/calf area to relieve shin splints and prevent calf cramping.

To learn more, visit http://www.zensah.com and see how Zensah is preventing shin splints one leg at a time.

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