Shin Splints is a common term for shin pain that can be due to several different conditions. Because of the confusion that may arise from using the term Shin Splints medical professionals try to avoid using it. One of the most common shin problems that is labelled 'Shin Splints' is Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome. Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome is an irritation of the Tibia (shin bone). In runners, it is caused by over-use, with those who run on hard surfaces being particularly affected.
People suffering from Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome will feel pain on the inner border of the shin (medial Tibial border) during and following exercise. It is important to distinguish Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome from other causes of shin pain ('shin splints') such as Compartment Syndrome or a Stress Fracture. This can require a complex run through of investigations, such as bone scans and compartment pressure tests under the supervision of a sports medicine or orthopaedic doctor.
Most patients with Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome respond to non-operative treatment. Ice Packs are effective at relieving shin pain. Arch Supporting Orthotics (Insoles) and Shock Absorbing Insoles can also help to remedy this problem.
Common Shin Splints signs & symptoms:
|Consult a sports injury expert|
|Apply ice packs/cold therapy for pain relief|
|Use anti-inflammatory gel|
|Wear orthotics to correct foot pronation|
|Use a buoyancy aid for pool fitness exercises|
|Wear a compression sleeve to reduce symtoms|
|Maintain a running log to track progression|
|Reduce shin stress with shock absorbing insoles|
|Use the Aircast Flat Foot PTTD Brace to correct flat feet & fallen arches|