You likely became a runner for the health of it. Running provides all over body exercise, fresh air, and a great way to release all the tension and stress that you collect throughout the day. Unfortunately, running isn’t just as easy as putting on a pair of shoes and hitting the pavement. In fact, there’s a right way and a wrong way to do it. Lower leg training, warm-up stretching, and other types of exercise can help to prevent shin splints, runner’s knee, and a whole host of other common running injuries. Resistance dorsiflexion exercise has been proven to aid in shin splints prevention and provides excellent strengthening for just about any type of athletic activity, including running.
The ShinTekk device can be used to optimize resistance dorsiflexion exercise and provide you with the added strength training you need to prevent many of these common running injuries. Without proper training, your body can suffer from biomechanical imbalance, focusing too much work on other areas of the body and neglecting the lower legs. ShinTekk makes it easy for any athlete, runner, cyclist, or fitness enthusiast to prevent this imbalance, increasing agility and power to provide a more balanced performance. Amateurs and professionals alike use the ShinTekk device to work every muscle, tendon, and ligament area of the lower legs like never before.
Athletes who have flat feet or nearly flat feet are much more likely to develop shin splints than others. However, increasing exercise or activity too quickly can also result in a case of shin splints. The pain that is experienced will be either in the front or inside of the lower leg, running right along the shin bone. Changing your working by running a longer distance, increasing your speed, switching the surface where you run, or increasing the number of days that you run, can all result in shin splints. Compared to a stress fracture, the pain of shin splints typically spreads out along the bone area to a much wider degree. Common treatment typically includes rest, ice, ibuprofen, stretching exercises, and a slow return to regular activities after several weeks of rest.
Another injury that typically comes from overuse is runner’s knee. However, there are several different causes that can result in this type of injury. It usually occurs when the kneecap moves out of alignment. The cartilage in your kneecap will typically wear down over time, resulting in pain around the knee when sitting with a bent knee, squatting, or going up and down stairs. Unfortunately, once this happens, there is little that can be done for treatment other than rest and ibuprofen for pain and swelling.
Very similar to shin splints, gradual lower leg training can usually prevent stress fractures from happening. A stress fracture is a small crack in the bone which results in extreme pain and discomfort. Runners will often get stress fractures, causing pain in both the shins and the feet. It is also common in military and law enforcement trainees who did not properly prepare their bodies for all the required running before entering a training program. The cause is usually due to doing too much, too fast, or too long without building up or allowing your body to get used to performing a new activity.
The large tendon that attaches your calf to the back of the heel is known as the Achilles tendon. This condition can also be called tendinitis, and it is very painful. Resulting in pain and stiffness in the area of the Achilles tendon, particularly with any activity or just from waking up in the morning, this condition is caused by repetitive stress to the tendon itself. Similar to other common runner injuries, it can be the result of adding too much distance to your running routine without allowing yourself to build up with exercise. Suggested treatment often includes rest, ice, ibuprofen, and calf stretches.
How to Prevent Lower Leg Conditions
As you can see, the common treatment for most runner’s conditions, including a few others that we did not mention, such as muscle strain, ankle sprain, and plantar fasciitis, is rest, ice, anti-inflammatory medication, and lower leg training. Shin splints prevention, as well as prevention of all these other lower leg injuries, is easier than you might think if you have the ShinTekk device. It is the “must have” training tool for all athletes who rely on their legs to perform. In fact, using ShinTekk can keep muscles strong and protect against, sprains, strains, and breaks for athletes of all fitness levels.
Fun and easy to use, you can perform the resistance dorsiflexion exercise for shin strengthening either sitting down or standing up. Just slide your foot under the U-bar and lift your toes upward at the ankle, keeping your heel planted firmly on the base. You can build up strength in each leg using the recommended workout regimens or change out the resistance bungees to the next level as you increase your progress. No special footwear is required, you can wear your running shoes, no shoes or work shoes, making it great for use at home or the office. Take it with you wherever you go in the ShinTekk backpack, which can be ordered separately or in the ShinTekk Start Pack and Therapy-Pro Pack options.
Interested in learning more about how ShinTekk works? Visit our How It Works page and then take a look at the options available in our Online Shop. We now offer FREE SHIPPING on all ShinTekk orders and pricing discounts for bulk purchases. Used by physical therapists, trainers, coaches, and athletes, ShinTekk is a great investment in your athletic future, reducing downtime from injuries and increasing strength for just about any activity.