Have you been getting pain along either side of your shin bone (the bone below your knee & above your ankle)? Well you may have developed shin splints or medically what is called medial tibial stress syndrome (MTSS).
There are many different forms of shin pain & many different causes. The most common is MTSS (but other less common causes include stress fractures & compartment syndrome). MTSS commonly occurs when someone suddenly starts exercising (eg. jogging/running) or exercising on hard surfaces such as bitumen. We also commonly see it in football players early in the season when they are training on hard ovals & running on the road.
So what can you do about it? Our 3 quick tips:
1. reduce amount of running for a short period (1-2 weeks) then GRADUALLY increase & run on softer surfaces
2. ice your shins
3. if your shoes are more than 12 months old, replace them
If pain persists (as the TV ad goes) get the problem assessed. Shin pain can be relatively quick to settle if treated early. If it’s not addressed early, it can really limit your physical activity & mean stopping running or exercising. So if you have shin pain, call us or make an appointment today by clicking on the “Book Appointment” button.
Diagnosing shin pain can be complex & so it is important to have your shin pain properly assessed & diagnosed. Our Podiatrist’s at Healthy Life Foot Clinic are trained to assess, diagnose & treat shin pain. Treatment commonly used can include footwear advice, muscle/tissue stretching & strengthening, use of acupuncture, dry needling, low level & cold laser therapy, activity modification & orthotics. Please call us if you would like to speak with us about your shin pain or make an appointment now by clicking on the “Book Appointment” button.