What Are Shin Splints?

Do you get leg pain when exercising? Do you get leg pain after exercising? Do you think you have diagnosed yourself with this problem?



What are Shin Splints?

Between 13.6 and 20% of the running community develop shin splints due to a variety of reasons. They are characterised by:

  1. Discomfort or pain along the inside of your shin bone
  2. Swelling of the inside of your shin bone
  3. Increasing pain along your shin bone during exercise.


How do I stop getting shin splints?

Among the active community, people often complain of sore shins. It sounds pretty painful, doesn’t it? How do I avoid getting this painful condition I continually hear about? 

What do I do when I get sore shins? How do I make sure I don’t get shin splints again? 

These are all very common questions our podiatrist in Camden gets asked regularly. Before I can answer these questions, I think it would be beneficial to explain the condition in greater detail.

Shin splints or Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome is the inflammation of the tendons, muscles and bone border of the tibia. These muscles or tendons can become inflamed and painful when they are overworked. Often patients who visit our podiatrist in Camden explain they have recently changed their running program, have exercised more than normal or have tried a different activity. However, these sudden changes to activity are not the only reason people get shin splints. Your podiatrist can also identify biomechanical faults which place you at greater risk of developing medial tibial stress syndrome.

Some of the important risk factors to consider when assessing for sore shins include foot type. People with flat feet often develop medial tibial stress syndrome because the muscles down the front of the leg have to work increasingly hard to stabilise the foot and ankle. Often patients with tight calf muscles develop sore shins due to muscular compensation. Here, we have also seen patients develop shin splints just through wearing the wrong shoes for their foot type. 

Shin Splints treatment: ‘How do i get rid of medial tibial stress syndrome?’

We offer a tailored treatment plan, after identifying the specific reason for painful shins. Different forms of treatment can include:

  • Shin Splint Stretches
  • Pain relief 
  • Footwear recommendation
  • Strength and conditioning of muscles
  • Modified training program
  • Taping
  • Custom foot orthotics 

What happens if you don’t treat shin splints?

If untreated, extreme complications of shin splints can result in a stress fracture of the tibia, which will result in a lengthy period of rest. 

Are you training for the City 2 Surf? Decided you want to run a marathon? Or you just want to be fitter and healthier without having to worry about breaking down? Come and have a chat with our Podiatrist here in Camden, and we will assess your biomechanics and mitigate the risk of you developing this really painful common problem. 

You can read more about medial tibial stress syndrome here 

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