Shin splints is a common term used for exercise induced pain due to overuse. It is often associated with running, particularly on hard surfaces, and when initially starting a training regime. It causes pain and discomfort along the inner lower part of the shin bone (the tibia), where the muscles attach to the bone tissue around this area becomes inflamed.
The condition is due to an overworking of the muscle where it attaches to the bone tissue through repetitive activities. Those at a higher risk of developing shin splints are runners, dancers and military recruits. There is an increased risk of developing shin splints where someone has a rapid change in their activity schedule. This could be any or a multitude of the following factors:
Rapidly increasing the amount of days an activity is performed.
Extending the length of time an activity is performed too quickly.
Drastically increasing the speed of an activity.
Change in the activity that is performed from one to another.
Switching over to a different surface that exercise is performed on.
Worn out or unsuitable footwear for the activity, and shoes with poor shock absorbing properties.
Flat feet or high arches can increase the risk of developing shin splints.
The signs and symptoms of shin splints include:
If you have shin splints the following benefits can be achieved through podiatric assessment and treatment:
Podiatry for shin splints would involve obtaining a thorough history, which is an essential component of an accurate diagnosis. The history is then used, along with any signs and symptoms, and an examination of the foot and leg to form a diagnosis.
Shin splints is not a diagnosis itself, it is simply a term used to describe shin pain, therefore, one of our podiatrists will accurately diagnose the cause of your shin pain. This might be:
Once a diagnosis has been made the following treatment options may be recommended:
If you have a problem with your foot or lower limb, and you are unsure whether or not podiatry can help you, then why not contact us. If you have any questions or would like to book an appointment then please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 0151 558 0099.
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