Shin Splints; an explanation
Shin splints is normally associated with one of two conditions:
1) Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome (MTSS)
This can range from a mild irritation of the external layer of the bone (the periosteum) to a stress fracture of the shin bone (the tibia). In both cases it is repeated stress to the shin bone that eventually lead to an area of pain that flares up when exercising.
2) Chronic Exertional Compartment Syndrome (CECS)
A “compartment” is a section of muscle that is surrounded by not very stretchy tissue called fascia. As the muscle is exercised it requires extra blood to provide fuel and nutrients for the extra workload. If the activity is great enough the amount of blood that is pumped out of the compartment is less than the amount that is pumped in, leading to a rise in pressure within the compartment. This can eventually lead to everything in the compartment being squashed, including nerves (causing pain) and smaller blood vessels (that makes everything worse as even less blood can be transported out of the compartment).
An Active650 calf support can help with both of the above causes of shin splints so you don’t need to worry about which one is causing your pain. Pain caused by MTSS can be greatly reduced because the Active650 calf support reduces the stress on specific points and helps spread the load over a wider area. The well documented increase in blood flow that compression can provide will help to prevent CECS.
The exceptional comfort provided by the Active650 fabric means that the calf supports can be worn during long periods of exercise, will not slip and can be worn under apparel.