Shin splints (anterior, medial or posterior tibial stress syndrome) are an exercise related pain occurring along or just behind the inner edge of the shin (Tibia).
What are the most common problems with shin splints?
Symptoms include tenderness over the inside of the shin with occasional swelling. Exacerbation of symptoms occurs with bending of the toes or foot downwards. Pain is usually most severe at the start of activity, but may alleviate as the muscles “warm up”.
How do these problems arise?
The cause of shin splints is from overuse of specific muscles due to poor mechanical leg and foot function or due to training errors.
How can they be treated?
Rest from weight bearing and impact creating activity is essential. Apply ice in the early stages to reduce inflammation.
Seek professional podiatrist treatment for:
- Control of poor foot mechanics to arrest excess internal tibial rotation and reduces stress on shin muscles.
- Deep tissue massage, stretching and strengthening.
When should they be checked by a podiatrist?
Almost everyone has some structural biomechanical misalignment which the body compensates for through the mobility in your joints and the flexibility and strength in your muscles. The way you walk and run may be contributing to the shin splints you’re experiencing
How can Total Care Podiatry help you?
At Total Care Podiatry our comprehensive examinations use video assessment on our treadmill and computerised plantar pressure gait analysis to enable us to find the underlying reason for the shin splints and provide you with a treatment plan for a long term solution.
This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace professional podiatric advice. Treatment will vary between individuals depending upon your diagnosis and presenting complaint. An accurate diagnosis can only be made following personal consultation with a Podiatrist.