Pain in the front of the shins when you walk or run is frequently caused by shin splints. This is an overuse problem that causes inflammation in the muscle and tendon tissues along the shin bone. Suddenly increasing the intensity or duration of your activities, overpronation, and poor footwear are all common causes of the condition. People with flat feet are particularly susceptible to the issue, but anyone can develop it. Generally the discomfort worsens with pressure and activity and is alleviated when you rest. When the condition is related to flat feet and overpronation, you may end up with pain in the ankles or arches as well.
Because shin splints—like other overuse injuries that cause pain in the feet—are aggravated by activity, you’ll need to rest. This does take time, but the injury will worsen if you don’t take care of it. Let the Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists of Arizona team help. You can reach our two offices outside of Phoenix by calling, faxing, or using the web contact form. Reach the Chandler location by calling (480) 963-9000 and faxing (480) 963-0375; contact our Gilbert office by calling (480) 981-1800 and faxing (480) 981-0229.