Shin Splints

Any shin pain is generally referred to as ‘Shin Splints’ though this is not in any way diagnostic. There are several common and a few uncommon causes of shin pain.

Symptoms of ‘shin splints’ are usually:tibia

  • Pain on the front or inside edge of either or both shin bones.
  • Pain is worse with exercise
  • Pain resolves with rest though returns on exercise
  • Pain on the outside of the legs above the outer ankle bone again worse with exercise
  • Pain in the muscle on the front of the shin

The above symptoms do not all appear at the same time and are indicative of different problems:

  • Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome
  • Periostitis
  • Compartment Syndrome
  • Tibialis Anterior overuse
  • Tibialis Posterior Dysfunction
  • Flexor Hallucis Longus Overuse
  • Peroneal overuse
  • Compartment Syndrome

Self Treatment Top Tips:

  • Rest
  • Ice – Apply this for 10-15mins or until the area feels numb from the cold.
  • Supportive Footwear – See the Footwear pages for more information
  • Stretches – Primarily calf muscle stretches
  • Orthotics – These are shown to be one of the most effective treatment options for shin pain
  • Consult your Podiatrist – If symptoms persist then you need to make an appointment with us to find out exactly why it is there and how to treat it.

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