Everything You Need To Know About Shin Splints
Have you ever experienced an ache or pain along your shinbone while exercising? Then you may have previously experienced Shin Splints.
Shin Splints, known as Tibial Stress Syndrome, is the pain caused by the inflammation of the muscles, tendons and bone tissues around the tibia. This pain is felt anywhere along the shinbone from the knee to the ankle during or after exercise.
Shin Splints are one of the most common injuries we’ve seen in runners who enter our practice. The repetitive stress on the shin from activities such as running or jumping, often leads to this injury being described as exercise-induced. Therefore, increasing your exercise load or capacity significantly will increase your risk of injury.
The shin muscles play a significant role in maintaining the step and arch of the foot. Therefore, placing those with flat feet at a higher risk for injury. This can also be exhibited by wearing incorrect shoes while exercising. Shin Splints can become extremely painful and can impact your active lifestyle. Without the appropriate treatment, it can lead to the injury becoming worse and may result in a stress fracture.
What symptoms should I look out for?
Here are common signs and symptoms of Shin Splints.
- Aches and pains felt along the shinbone
- The overlying skin may be red and inflamed
- Tenderness or swelling in the lower leg
- Experiencing pain during exercise
How can Physiotherapy help?
At Progressive, we aim to bring you instant relief from your symptoms. Our physiotherapists use gentle, hands-on treatment to alleviate tension and soreness surrounding the shinbone. We focus on your long-term recovery by providing strategies to minimise and avoid the risk of injury from re-occurring.
On your return to training, we provide you with tailored exercises and stretches to perform that warm up the muscles surrounding your shinbones and your lower limbs.
If you are experiencing constant pain in your shins during exercise, stop and talk to our experienced physiotherapists. You can have the confidence knowing that our qualified and highly skilled physiotherapists will get to the source of your pain.