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Shin Splints

Overview

Shin splints, or medial tibial stress syndrome (MTSS), is a common lower leg condition that presents as pain along the shin bone (tibia) – the large bone on the front of your lower leg. This condition commonly affects runners, dancers and military recruits, due to repetitive leg impact.

MTSS typically occurs in individuals who have recently intensified or change their training loads. This places heightened stress that the tibia shin bone is unable to fully adapt to, leading to pain and symptoms.

Most cases of MTSS can be treated with rest, icing and modifying your exercise routine. Other interventions such as wearing proper footwear, running gait alteration, using foot orthotics can help symptoms and prevent recurrence.

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About Shin Splints

If you have MTSS, you might notice pain and tenderness, or even mild swelling along the inner side of your shin bone. Initially, the pain might stop when you stop exercising. In the more serious cases, the pain can be continuous and might progress onto a stress reaction or stress fracture.

If rest, ice and over-the-counter pain relievers do not ease your shin pain, it is essential to seek medical help.

What causes it?

MTSS is caused by repetitive stress and impact loading on the shin bone (tibia) and the connective tissues that attach your muscles to the bone.

Risk factors:

You’re more at risk of MTSS if:

  • You’re a runner, especially one beginning a running programme
  • There’s a sudden increase in the duration, frequency or intensity of exercise
  • You run on uneven terrain, such as hills, or on hard surfaces, such as tarmac or concrete
  • You’re in military army training
  • You have flat feet or high arch feet.

How We Help

To prevent and manage MTSS, we can help you with the following:

  • Analyse your running movement. A formal video analysis of your running technique can help identify movement patterns that can contribute to MTSS. Often, a small alteration in your running technique can help alleviate pain and decrease your risk.
  • Choosing the right shoes. We can advise you on suitable footwear to suit your individual biomechanics and running needs. Additionally, if you’re a runner, replace your running shoes every 600 to 800 kilometers.
  • Activity modification and training advice. Too high running loads or other high-impact activities performed for too long and too high an intensity can overload your shin bone, causing symptoms. We can help you identify training errors and assist in returning you back to running if you have MTSS.
  • Consider foot orthotics. Foot orthotics can help prevent and treat the pain of shin splints by reducing the stress on the shin bones. This helps especially if you have flat feet or high arch feet. We can prescribe precision-made customised foot orthotics if required.
  • Strength and conditioning training. Exercises to strengthen and stabilise your foot, ankle and leg will help prepare you to deal with high-impact loads. This will aid both in prevention and rehabilitation from MTSS.

 

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