Actual shin splints aren't real a single medical condition. Instead a symptom of an underlying problem. They may be caused by:
-Irritated muscles, oftentimes caused by overuse.
- tiny fractures, which are small, hairline breaks in the lower leg bones.
- Overpronation or ''flat feet" -- when the "weight" of a step causes the arch of your foot to fold, stretching the muscles and tendons.
Shin splints are very common. They're the cause atleast 13% of jogging injuries. Runners may get them later ramping up their workout intensity, or changing the surface they run on -- like shifting from a dirt way to asphalt. Shin splints are likewise common in dancers.
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