Shin Splints

Shin splints are caused from inflammation in the tissue where tendon or muscle attaches to bone. Shin splints commonly occur due to overuse or overload of the muscle, tendon and/or bone junction.

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Shin Splints

An acute shin splint episode can settle and you can return to sport if a program has been completed over 2-4 weeks as guided by your Physiotherapist.

Some of the symptoms of Shin Splints are:

  • Pain that commenced at the onset of running then "warms up". As shin splints progress, the warming up phase does not occur and pain becomes progressive with further weight bearing.
  • Pain after you cool down from exercise/activity.
  • Pain within surrounding muscles

Shin Splints

Shin splints are often due to training error (too much too soon), biomechanics (poor foot alignment) or not having adequate strength around the pelvis resulting in increased loading through the shin when performing weight bearing activities.

Treatment and management options

  • Rest, Ice and Compression in the acute stage. This may continue until the signs of inflammation have reduced.
  • Walking and running assessment to see if you have contributing weakness from your hip, quadriceps or calf complex
  • Our Podiatrists will also assess your foot mechanics to address any pronation or arch issues that can be a cause of your shin splint

Whatever stage you’re at, we’re ready to help.

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