Do you (or someone you know) suffer from 'Shin Splints'? | Galleria Podiatry

What are they?

Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome (MTSS), or more commonly known as ‘Shin Splints’, is a chronic over-use injury that generally affects active individuals. The condition is characterised by diffuse pain along the inside of the shin bone (Tibia), and is generally located over an area of approximately 5-10cm. Through its early stages, patients often mention that the pain improves after warming up. However, once the condition progresses, pain levels can become quite debilitating resulting in cessation of exercise. Despite previous thoughts, the pain is as a result of small micro-tears in the musculature attaching to the bone, rather than directly over the bone itself.

Why do I get Shin Splints?

Shin Splints can be caused by many factors and is generally seen in active/sporty individuals of all ages. The majority of people with the condition often present with many of the following risk factors:

  • Poor footwear
  • Biomechanical foot issues (poor alignment)
  • Sudden increase in exercise levels
  • Sudden change in exercise program
  • Tight lower limb musculature
  • Poor running style

Possible Treatments for Shin Splints

  • Shin splint strapping
  • Rest, ice, compression
  • Footwear advice
  • Custom orthotics devices
  • Soft tissue massage
  • Dry needling
  • Anti-inflammatories
  • Moderated rest
  • Rehabilitation program
  • Surgery (rarely required)

What is my expected outcome?

Providing absolute compliance to the above conservative treatment options, individuals with Shin Splints are generally back to full activity after 4-6 weeks. Surgery is very rarely recommended however is an option for non-responsive, chronic cases.

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