knee. For the purposes of this article we’ll talk about the more common type of shin splint which is down the inner part of your leg (medial tibial stress syndrome). There is a muscle in this area that is called the posterior tibialis that is largely responsible for controlling your foot position during walking/running. Shin splints occur when this muscle is overworked and starts to develop localized tendon inflammation. Shin splints are literally a tendinitis of the posterior tibialis muscle that occurs right where it attaches to the inside part of your shin bone.
motion known as pronation – basically how much your foot “rolls” to your inside arch while you’re moving. This motion is greatly affected by arch height. If you have high arches your foot can “collapse” to the inside resulting in increased stress on the posterior tibialis. If you have low arches, this muscle is under a lot of stress, anyway, with a constant pull from this stretched out position. Either way, the posterior tibialis is overworked with trying to control your foot/ankle through movement and you start to hurt.
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By Jared Beckstrand