Shin Pain (Shin Splints)

Shin Pain

Shin Splints is a general term used to refer to a painful condition in the shin area. Pain or inflammation occurs either in the front or inside section of the shin bone. 

Shin Splints Symptoms

Tightness or tenderness along the shins which starts when doing a specific activity - especially running and walking for long distances. The pain usually settles with rest but returns if activity is undertaken. Shin pain is most common with people who have just taken up running or walking.

What causes Shin Splints & shin pain?

Shin Splints are generally caused by excess stretching of muscles and tendons along the shin bones (tibia and fibula). Over use in athletes in runners is the most common factor.

If you take up running for the first time or after a long time of inactivity, it is very common to experience pain in the shins.

Overpronation of the feet can be a major contributing factor. Excessive pronation leads to internal rotation of the lower leg and will put tractional forces upon the muscles and ligaments in the lower leg.

Treatment & relief for Shin Splints

To help prevent Shin Splints it is very important for active people and runners to slowly build up their level of activity and always have a solid warm-up.

Orthotics are useful in that they help prevent overpronation. Also, running shoes with proper support and cushioning are important.

Other recommended forms of treatment:

  • Ice therapy
  • Rest
  • Deep tissue massage
  • Calf stretches

If you have ongoing problems with shin pains, consult a sports Podiatrist.

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