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Why do my shins hurt when I run?

This is a common complaint seen in my Townsville Podiatry clinic. Shin pain can be very frustrating, especially when you are just getting into an exercise regime. There are many causes of shin pain, but I think the most common cause is ‘too much too soon’. Patients will often get shin pain at the start of a footy season or 2 weeks into a 12 week bootcamp challenge.

There are many causes of shin pain which can include:

  • Over-pronated, collapsing arches
  • High arch, rigid foot-type (poor at shock absorption)
  • Crappy, worn out shoes
  • Tight calf muscles
  • Sudden increase in training intensity and frequency

It is important to have your shin pain correctly diagnosed and treated to allow you to return to exercise and avoid needing many weeks of complete rest. Please read our Shin Pain article for more detailed information.

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