Physiotherapy to treat Shin Splints

Shin splints are a common exercise-related problem in the lower leg. The term “shin splints” refers to pain along the inner edge of the shinbone (tibia). Shin splints typically develop towards the end or after physical activity such as running and jumping. Any vigorous sports activity can bring on shin splints, especially if you are just starting an exercise program.

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Shin splints are characterized by general pain in the lower part of the leg between the knee and the ankle. Shin splints injuries are specifically located in the middle to lower thirds of the inside of the tibia the large inner bone of the lower leg. It is most likely caused by repeated trauma to the connective muscle tissue surrounding the tibia. physio shin splints prevention Symptoms include:

  • Diffuse pain along the lower inside border of the shin
  • This pain usually decreases when warming up
  • Training/ running can often be completed, pain usually reoccurs after exercise and is worse the following morning
  • Tenderness when rubbing along the inside lower shin

Causes of shin splints include:

  • Excessive pronation of the foot due to flat arches
  • Excessively tight calf muscles
  • Running/ jumping or high impact sport on a hard surface
  • Rapid increase in intensity of training
  • Weak deep muscles of the calf which help control ankle movement

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Simple measures can relieve the pain of shin splints. Rest, ice, and stretching often help. Taking care not to overdo your exercise routine will help prevent shin splints from coming back. Physiotherapy includes: stretching and myofascial release to the tight structures, strengthening and taping of the required muscles to improve foot mechanics, as well as strengthening weakened leg/ foot muscles. If you have any queries, please don’t hesitate to call 011 064 5670 or enquire online

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Physiotherapy to treat Shin Splints
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Physiotherapy to treat Shin Splints
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Shin splints are a common exercise-related problem in the lower leg. The term "shin splints" refers to pain along the inner edge of the shinbone (tibia). Shin splints typically develop towards the end or after physical activity such as running and jumping.
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