Health Tip: Risk Factors for Shin Splints

-- When you have pain or tenderness near the large bone in your lower leg, shin splints may be to blame.

Shin splints commonly develop after a rapid increase in physical activity or as a result of repetitive motion.

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons says risk factors for shin splints include:

  • Being flatfooted.
  • Having unusually firm arches.
  • Jogging or running.
  • Being a dancer.
  • Suddenly exercising much more vigorously or more frequently.
  • Training for the military.

Posted: July 2010


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