WHAT ARE SHIN SPLINTS?
Shin splints, also known as medial tibial stress syndrome, is a condition that causes mild to severe shin pain. This condition can last for several weeks, and even longer if the affected area is not given enough time to rest and recover.
WHAT CAUSES SHIN SPLINTS?
There are a variety of mechanical issues that can develop into shin splints, but pain from shin splints is caused by repeated stress on the tibia and connected tissues. Overpronation of the foot or ankle is a common cause of shin splints because it puts additional stress on the calf muscles and shin bone. Other causes of shin splints include:
- Periosteal remodeling
- Muscle dysfunction of the tibialis posterior, anterior, or the soleus (calf) muscle
RISK FACTORS OF SHIN SPLINTS
Shin splints is a very common injury in athletes, and there are several risk factors that can affect your chances of developing shin splints. This injury is most often seen in runners and dancers. People are more likely to develop shin splints after ramping up their workout intensity, duration, or pace. Those with flat feet, weak ankles, or who work out out on hard, uneven surfaces are also prone to shin splints.
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF SHIN SPLINTS?
The symptoms of shin splints include lower leg pain, shin cramps, and tenderness along the inner side of the shin bone. In some cases, shin splints symptoms can also involve mild swelling in the lower leg.
Although the pain may subside when you stop exercising, if left untreated shin splints can eventually progress into a stress fracture.
WHAT SHIN SPLINTS TREATMENT OPTIONS ARE AVAILABLE?
Traditional treatment for shin splints usually involves extended periods of rest so the muscles and shin bone can heal. Shin splints can last for weeks, or even months in severe cases. It can be extremely frustrating to spend so much time resting, especially for athletes and other highly active individuals where prolonged rest is not always an option. While shin splints often heal on their own given enough time, most leg movements may be difficult or painful in the meantime.
HOW AIRROSTI CAN HELP: SHIN SPLINTS DIAGNOSIS AND RELIEF
Fortunately, Airrosti providers are extensively trained to diagnose and treat the root cause of pain associated with shin splints and other injuries. Our targeted approach to diagnosing and treating tibial pain at the source can allow you to quickly return to full activity and prevent shin splints from reoccurring. In fact, most patient cases have been resolved in just three visits, based on patient-reported outcomes.
If shin splints or other injuries are keeping you from doing the things you love, schedule an appointment with Airrosti today, and get back on your feet.
Reviewed by Casey Crisp, Doctor of Chiropractic