If you have tight shin muscles, pain, or if you’ve ever been diagnosed with “shin splints”, you may want to spend some time stretching your Tibialis Anterior muscle. It is located at the front of your lower leg, next to your shin bone. The Tibialis Anterior flexes the foot upwards, and controls the foot as it lowers back to the ground. This muscle gets a workout when we run, walk, and in sports such as tennis and basketball, which have a lot of little sprints. These muscles also play an important role in maintaining balance.
The Tibialis Anterior muscle can also get very tight in the summer when we wear flip flops. It feels good to lose the shoes and slip on something that leaves your feet cool and airy. Unfortunately flip flops are unstable. The mechanics of walking in flip flops causes your toes to curl under and grip the foot bed do you don’t go flying out of your shoes. After 10,000 step like this, you’re on the way to a repetitive strain injury.
Stretching the Tibialis Anterior muscle can help prevent lower leg pain and decrease exisiting pain. It can be difficult to feel a stretch in the shin muscle fully because of its anatomical arrangement. The sensation will be much less intense than other stretches you might regularly perform.