Barefoot Running and Shin Splints

Why Your Shins Hurt When Running Barefoot or in the Vibram FiveFingers

04/07/2023 Bretta Riches 0

Barefoot running actually prevents shin splints, overall, by enhancing the proper forefoot strike that’s more stable and less impact-intensive. However, temporary shin splints may arise in newbie barefoot runners simply because their leg strength is unconditioned, but the shin splints will fully resolve as soon as the legs adapt to the new running condition.

Does Heel Striking Cause Shin Splints?

Does Heel Striking Cause Shin Splints?

02/07/2023 Bretta Riches 0

One reason heel striking causes shin splints is because landing heel-first prevents the ankles from absorbing impact by causing the ankle to be unusually stiff at heel strike. The ankle stiffness was found to amplify the ground reaction force on the shins as compared with forefoot running.

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