Shin splints (Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome) are a very common injury in those who are regular runners, ballet dancers, basketball players or those who may have recently increased their training regime, added hills or even changed to new or different footwear.
The signs and symptoms of shin splints include pain along your shin bone (Tibia) usually the lower third, pain that increases during exercise and ceases when you stop, but can also continue after you cease and you may see redness and some inflammation as well.
A common cause of this condition is tight calf muscles but other biomechanical factors such as flat feet, weak hip stabilisers or poor knee control can also be contributing factors with this condition. What is needed to help resolve this problem is a full assessment of your hips and the lower limb to find the cause of your pain.
A variety of treatment regimes may be put in place which can include Soft Tissue Therapy (Remedial Massage), specific stretching, very targeted strengthening of weak muscles, changes to your training schedule and even working with your coach, trainer or physiotherapist.
Don’t take chances with an injury that could lead to stress fractures and derail your training progress. If you are having issues with lower legs or shin pain and would like some more help with this, call us NOW!