Shin Splints

Shin Splints or Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome (MTSS) is a common cause of leg pain in athletes.  Research suggests that there may be several causes leading to shin splints dependent on the location of pain. These can include:

  • Rapid un-controlled pronation of the foot

  • Reduced ankle range of motion

  • Tight/shortened calf muscles

  • Intrinsic and extrinsic muscle weakness

  • Sudden increase in intensity and duration of activity (shin splints are commonly reported in beginner runners)

  • Inappropriate footwear style for activity conducted or ‘worn-out’ footwear

Pain is reported along the shin bone during activity. If it's not treated it can progress to be painful when not active and potentially develop into a tibial stress fracture. Diagnosis is essential to rule out other conditions such as compartment syndrome.

Shin Splints are commonly seen in athletes who perform in high intensity activities such as running or sports which require multi-directional change and jumping.

Your Podiatrist will carry out several functional assessments to determine the cause of your pain and rule out other potential injuries. Treatment may involve a tailored foot, ankle and lower leg muscle rehabilitation program, orthoses, footwear changes or dry needling. Call today to start your recovery.

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