Do you have shin splints?

Shin Splints

Shin splints, formally known as medial tibial stress syndrome (MTSS), refer to pain along the inner edge of the shinbone (tibia) caused by stress on the shinbone and the tissues attaching the shinbone to the muscles. This condition is common among athletes and individuals engaged in activities that involve repetitive stress on the legs.

The primary contributing factors to shin splints include:

  1. Overuse or Repetitive Stress: Engaging in activities like running, jumping, or high-impact sports without adequate conditioning or sudden increases in intensity can lead to shin splints.
  2. Flat Feet or Overpronation: Improper foot mechanics, such as flat feet or excessive rolling of the foot inward (overpronation), can contribute to increased stress on the shinbone.

Symptoms of shin splints include pain, tenderness, and swelling along the inner part of the lower leg. The pain is often felt during and after exercise.

Treatment typically involves rest, ice, compression, and elevation (R.I.C.E.), along with anti-inflammatory medications. Modifying activity levels, wearing proper footwear or orthotics, and incorporating strengthening exercises for the calf muscles and lower leg may help prevent shin splints. In some cases, assessment and correction of biomechanical issues, such as overpronation, with the help of orthotics may be recommended. Seeking professional advice, especially if symptoms persist, is crucial for an accurate diagnosis and appropriate management.