Do you feel pain in you shins when running or doing exercise?
Shin splints, or medial tibial stress syndrome, can be described as shinbone pain that occurs anywhere along the front of the bone. It is commonly thought that shin splints are tiny fractures along the inside of the bone; however, this is not the case. A sudden increase in activity causes excessive traction from muscles that attach to the lower leg, resulting in inflammation and pain.
Having shin splints can stop you from exercising and it can even hurt to walk. Shin splints are very frustrating and can stop you doing the things you enjoy in life, but the good news is you don't need to put up with them any longer.
"Why have I got shin splints?"
Many people who experience shin pain also have flat feet or high arches. Shin splints may be the result of:
- Training errors
- Bio-mechanical problems
- Doing too much exercise too soon
- Running on hard surfaces
- Inappropriate footwear
Not a runner? Shin discomfort is also common among basketball players, tennis players, dancers, and other people who are on the move for long periods at work or play.
Shin splints can be treated successfully with our help.
Shin splints are commonly felt during or after repetitive activity such as running or walking. At Bellevue Podiatry, our experienced Podiatrists will first examine your legs and feet, and ask you about your daily habits and relevant personal history.
The next step in identifying the cause of your pain is a treadmill assessment to analyse your gait. Finally, our podiatrists will develop a tailored and effective treatment plan to remedy your shin splints and prevent them from coming back.
Your tailored treatment plan will leverage off any number of the following effective treatments for shin splints:
- Stretching and strengthening of lower-limb muscles
- Shin taping/strapping
- In-shoe padding
- Correction of training errors
- Footwear advice
- Orthotic management (off-the-shelf, semi-custom, or custom)
- Dry needling