Below you’ll find information regarding the symptoms, treatment and prevention of Shin Splints, a common leg injury often caused by foot problems and resulting in pain in the shin area.

PROBLEM:

Microscopic muscle strain at the muscle to bone interface on the shin bone causing pain and deep inflammation on the inside of the lower leg.

Shin Splints CAUSE:

  • Excessive activity over a short period of time in an unconditioned athlete
  • Postural foot problems such as low arch feet or high arch feet
  • Tight muscles, particularly in the calf muscles

Shin Splints SYMPTOMS:

  • Pain along the shin bone at the beginning of an exercise or athletic activity that is moderate and then loosens within a few minutes
  • Pain may reappear in the midst of or at the end of the exercise or athletic activity

Shin Splints SIGNS:

  • Mild to moderate tenderness to touch the shin bone over a one or two inch area
  • No swelling is usually present
  • If swelling is present, combined with moderately severe to severe tenderness, a stress fracture may be present- this happens frequently if shin splints are not promptly or adequately treated

Shin Splints TREATMENT:

  • Shin Splint compression sleeve to help reduce inflammation and support the muscle to bone interface
  • Custom molded prescription orthotics (shoe insert) to support any foot or leg postural malalignment
  • Physical therapy modalities to help reduce the deep inflammation at the muscle to bone interface
  • Oral anti-inflammatory medications to help reduce discomfort
  • Stretching of tight muscles to reduce overstrain on the muscle-bone interface
  • Night splint to reduce muscle tightness and low grade spasm of tight muscles while sleeping
  • Occasionally, immobilization in a walking boot or walking cast may be necessary to rest the area

Shin Splints, Leg Pain, Foot Injury

 

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We Treat Feet Podiatry Team