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Why do bow legged runners get shin splints?
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Dr. Joseph Purita
Orthopedic Surgery
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In brief: Increased stress
Varus deformity puts more stress on the legs.

In brief: Increased stress
Varus deformity puts more stress on the legs.
Dr. Joseph Purita
Dr. Joseph Purita
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Dr. Douglas Linville II
Same reason why straight legged runners do . . . Deformity (bowing or knock knees) would predispose to stress fracture, but that would not be a shin splint.
In brief: Tibial is posterior
Bowl legged people as a result of the tibial inversion have hyperpronated feet.
The tibialis posterior tendon and muscle is the one that inverts the foot during gait and when it is over stressed to do so there is abnormal increased pull at the muscles origin off the anterior tibia causing the periosteum it attaches to to become inflamed.This is a shin splint. Custom molded orthotics will stop them.

In brief: Tibial is posterior
Bowl legged people as a result of the tibial inversion have hyperpronated feet.
The tibialis posterior tendon and muscle is the one that inverts the foot during gait and when it is over stressed to do so there is abnormal increased pull at the muscles origin off the anterior tibia causing the periosteum it attaches to to become inflamed.This is a shin splint. Custom molded orthotics will stop them.
Dr. John Callahan
Dr. John Callahan
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