Gravity Is Yer Friend
Join Date: May 2002
Location: "Over the Hill" and going down fast in the 805.
Bikes: Scott Gambler, Scott Ransom, Kona Bear, Bianchi 928 Carbon/Chorus, C'Dale Rize4
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Shin splint are, for the most part, a problem that runners have but they can also affest cyclists as well. Here is a little info on them. Not sure if it will help you but I shall give it any ways. The best cure for them is rest and then strengthen the muscles in the lower leg.
One common cause of shin splints is posterior tibial syndrome (PTS).
The exact cause of PTS is unknown. Some experts believe that it is caused by posterior compartment syndrome, which means there is increased pressure within the thick sleeve of tissue containing the deep muscles of the leg. Others believe that PTS is caused by periostitis, which means the periosteum (bone covering) of the tibia is inflamed where the muscles attach to it.
The condition most commonly mistaken for PTS is a stress fracture. A stress fracture of the tibia is a crack that develops in the shin bone over time from repetitive stress on the bone. Normally, your muscles absorb the shock put on your legs during activity. When you continuously pound your legs during an activity, such as distance running, soccer, or basketball, your muscles tire, losing much of their ability to absorb shock. When your muscles do not absorb shock well, stress on the bone increases. The bone cannot endure the increased stress so it begins to crack. To help detect a stress fracture, your doctor may take x-rays or a bone scan. However, these fractures can be quite difficult to diagnose because they may not show up on x-rays when they first develop