2 weeks ago, I talked about how to care for the muscles that are in pain with shin splints. Today I’m continuing that discussion with tips on how to rehab and even prevent shin splints from happening. Many times it comes down to immobile calves or ankles.
The muscle tibialis anterior is responsible for the pain associated with shin splints. This muscle helps us flex the ankle, or point our toes up. When we run, this keeps us from tripping over our feet every time we take a step. On the other side of the leg, we have calf muscles that extend the ankles or point the toes down. Now imagine how much harder the tibialis anterior has to work to point the toes up if that calf is tight or immobile. It won’t take long to overwork those muscles.
We can get ahead of this by keeping the ankle mobile and strong with this exercise and stretch. Check out the video and give them a try. Don’t forget to check and recheck. Just do a couple squats before and after the exercises and check for improvement.
Move well. Eat clean. Be happy.