A combination of over-use and misalignment at the ankles (and even the hips) causes muscles called the tibialis posterior, and tibias anterior to scar, then stick to the bone, creating painful friction. When you run for a little bit, the friction decreases, and so does the pain. In what seems like a bit of a sick mind game, the pain comes back a little while after you stop running. Before you know it, you can hardly walk without your legs throbbing.
What do I do?
80% of people have what is called pronation, a misalignment of the foot and ankle that can lead to shin splints. If you wear shoes and walk on hard ground, you probably pronate. Shoes make our foot muscles weak, and hard ground is, well, hard. When this happens, your ankles change angles, and you bang, you get shin splints when you run.
We can do a computerized gait analysis for you for $20 (it is free if you buy orthotics, or if I make it part of your program). In some cases I will even take you outside and watch you run to check your form.
If you pronate, orthotics will be essential if you want to correct the ankle misalignment long term. Once you start wearing them, it will take several months (at least) for the orthotics to create enough strength and coordination in your body for the pain to go away.
Chiropractic adjustments (to the spine and the ankle) and treatments like Active Release Techniques, Graston Technique, and Deep Tissue Laser work really well to create healing. This improves the speed of healing significantly.
You’ll get great results with anywhere from 6-20 super awesome visits in our office.
Call us for a free consultation or schedule now.
Dr. Gary Barone, Chiropractor.