Shin Splints (Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome)

Shin Splints (Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome)

Shin splints, medically known as medial tibial stress syndrome (MTSS), typically result from repetitive stress on the shinbone (tibia) and the tissues attaching the muscles to the bone.

Shin splints are a common complaint among athletes, runners, walkers, dancers, and individuals engaged in high-impact activities. While not usually serious, they can cause significant discomfort and impact performance. Understanding the causes, symptoms, and treatment options for shin splints is crucial for effective management and prevention of further complications.

What Caused My Shin Splints?

Shin splints can be caused by one or a number of factors:

  • Overuse: Rapidly increasing the intensity or duration of physical activity, such as running or jumping, can strain the muscles, tendons, and bones of the lower leg.
  • Poor biomechanics: Issues like flat feet, overpronation, or inadequate footwear can alter the mechanics of the lower limbs, leading to increased stress on the shins.
  • Improper training techniques: Incorrect running or exercise techniques, such as landing heavily on the heels, can contribute to shin splints.
  • Inadequate recovery: Not allowing sufficient time for rest and recovery between workouts can prevent the body from repairing and strengthening muscles, increasing the risk of injury

Early Signs & Symptoms Of Shin Splints

The hallmark symptom of shin splints is pain along the inner edge of the shinbone. Other common symptoms include:

  • Tenderness, soreness, or swelling in the lower leg, particularly during or after exercise.
  • Dull, aching pain that worsens with activity and improves with rest.
  • Pain that may be aggravated by pressing on the affected area or flexing the foot.
  • Mild to moderate discomfort that may progress to sharp, intense pain if left untreated.

Your Shin Splints Treatment

Before any treatment is carried out, you will be given a full explanation using simple language so you can make an informed decision about your foot health.

At Manly Cove Podiatry, we use a 3 step process:

  1. Identify the structure and movement of your feet
  2. Determine the source of your pain
  3. Implement a treatment plan specifically tailored to you

Your treatment may include strapping, strengthening exercises, massage, orthotics, activity modification or footwear advice.

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We know how debilitating shin splints can be. We want you pain-free so you can get back into your routine in as little time as possible.

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