The term shin splints refer to a group of conditions that cause pain along the tibia (shin bone).
Signs and symptoms
Symptoms include aching along the lower half of the tibia, usually anywhere from a few centimeters to half way up the shin. Pain is often worse during high impact activities and may progress to stress fractures of the tibia.
What are the causes of shin splints?
Shin splints are not a single medical condition. They are a symptom of an underlying problem. Shin splints often occur in people with flat feet. Excessive pronation causes the muscles and tendons in the front of the leg to overstretch and work harder during activity. Wearing inappropriate footwear when running, running on hard surfaces, muscle weakness and muscle tightness can all contribute to the development of shin pain.
Podiatry treatment of shin splints
Your podiatrist can prescribe orthotics to control excessive pronation. This will help to reduce the strain on the affected muscles. Sport/activity specific footwear recommendations will also be given. Massage and trigger point therapy may also be involved in the treatment plan.
Pain in your feet is never normal, and should not be ignored. Call Sole Motion Podiatry, Point Cook on 03 9395 9402 or make an appointment online to speak to our Podiatrist, Justin Kalopa. Our mission is to ensure that your feet stay healthy and strong in order for you to continue to do the things you love pain-free.
WARNING This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace professional podiatric advice. Treatment will vary between individuals depending upon your diagnosis and presenting complaint. An accurate diagnosis can only be made following personal consultation with a Podiatrist, your Doctor or your foot specialist.