Shin splints can cause aches and pains along the shinbone as well as red, tender and inflamed skin, especially before, during or after running. But, what are shin splints and how can you treat them?
‘Shin splints’ is the everyday term used to describe medial tibial stress syndrome, which refers to pain felt anywhere along the shinbone from the knee to ankle. If you play a lot of sport, you’ll be more likely to develop a shin splint, as this particular type of injury is usually a result of overuse.
If you’re feeling pain on the inner side of the shinbone, you might have medial shin splints, while pain felt on the outer side of the shinbone is referred to as anterior shin splints.
What causes the pain when a shin splint develops is still unknown. It’s suspected that the pain happens as a result of the tendons and muscles that run the length of the shin pulling on the bone and inflaming the area. However, recent research has also suggested the pain reaction could be a result of a stress reaction from the bone.
A number of different factors can work in combination to cause shin splints. Some of these include:
There are a number of precautions you can take to reduce your risk/the prevalence of shin splints, especially if you’re a runner or have had shin splints in the past. These include:
If you’re feeling any pain around your shinbone and think you may have developed a shin splint, it’s best to contact your Perth podiatrist for a proper diagnosis before starting a treatment plan. Contact Cannington Podiatry today!