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Treadmill Walking


#1

Recently I started doing some FMC on the treadmill @ about 3-4% incline and between 3-4 mph. These walks last for ~40 minutes.
At the beginning, I get a pretty intense burning in my anterior tibialis(shin muscle), but after about 20 minutes there's no more burning. I was just wondering if anyone might know why this is, and what exactly is going on.

Thanks.


#2

If I were to guess, and thats all this is, your AT draws your toes/foot upwards, on the incline you likely do this a little more than you would walking with no incline. The burning is probably just your AT fatiguing. That it goes away could be a few things, but most likely (again a guess) you are slightly changing your stride to compensate for that fatigue.


#3

Thanks for the input


#4

I actually deal with some of the same burning in my shins as well. Usually lowering the incline helps with it, if i go over 4% I tend to get it. If I ignore it and keep walking it tends to stay affected throughout the rest of the day which can be discomforting, but the higher incline work is sometimes worth it.


#5

I've found over the past few days that over my 50 minute walk, if I bump up the speed at the same incline, today 4%, it doesn't happen. It's probably just been a too much too soon problem/not warming up properly.


#6

If that solved the problem, stick with it.

It could also be the start of some kind of shin splints. I used to get something similar when I had a 15-20 minute walking commute from the train station to work. A few sets of high rep toe raises, to condition the tibialis and ankle musculature, done once or twice a week should help. Toe raise is pictured above, start with no weight to get a feel for the movement (keep the foot forward, not directly under the knee).


#7

Thanks Chris.