Treatment of the Shin Splint: Treating trigger points in the foot lifter
- Triggering the tibialis anterior
Its origin lies in the upper region of the lateral (outer) surfaces of the tibia (shin bone) and the membrana interossea cruris, a connective tissue membrane between the tibia and fibula. The course of its tendon extends to the medial (inner) side of the ankle joint, where it attaches plantarly to the distal row of tarsal bones.
The function of the tibialis anterior lies in the dorsiflexion, extension, adduction and supination (flexion, extension, approach and elevation) of the foot as well as the stabilization of the ankle. Especially when running, walking and jumping, this muscle is used and is one of the first to fatigue.
During foot strike, it pulls the heel forward and thus cushions the impact of the heel. For this reason, overloads in particular occur most quickly at high running volumes, which are reflected by problems in the muscle's ability to control movements. As a result, it is no longer possible for the affected person to transfer movements to the foot or even to the toes cleanly and consciously. In addition to the quality of movement execution, the intensity also suffers, so that less force can be developed. These symptoms are referred to as shin splint syndrome (colloquially: shin splint).
To combat this, it is important to free the muscle from tension so that the nerves can transmit signals properly again. It is very important to find the trigger points in the tibialis anterior and to treat them selectively. In our video , Maurice and Nico show you how to reach your trigger points and free your muscle from pain. In the beginning, you can also massage the muscle yourself with your fingers. For higher tensions, you can also try a small, firm ball instead of a Triggerding.