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Shin Splints, Achilles Tendonitis and Calf Muscle Injuries are common causes of pain in the shin and calf. 'Shin Splints' is a catch all term for shin pain that is common during running. Sports medicine experts tend not to use the term Shin Splints, preferring Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome instead, as it more accurately describes the problem. You can read all about the causes, signs and symptoms, diagnosis, physiotherapy treatment and rehabilitation and prevention of Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome in our content section at the bottom of this page.

Achilles Tendonitis, or to be medically correct 'Achilles Tendinopathy' is an overuse injury that affects the Achilles Tendon. Rehabilitation with a physiotherapist at your local sports injury clinic is enormously helpful for the successful treatment of Achilles Tendonitis. A progressive eccentric loading exercise programme for the Achilles Tendon with a physiotherapist has been scientifically proven to be the most effective form of treatment for Achilles Tendinopathy and full details of these exercises are included in our content section.

A Calf muscle strain or 'pulled calf' is a relatively common injury in sports that involve running and jumping. Supervised rehabilitation with a physiotherapist is very important to prevent a recurrent Calf muscle injury. You can also find out more about prevention and rehabilitation of Calf muscle injuries in our content section below.

Condition Common Signs & Symptoms
Pain Swelling Stiffness Weakness Instability Locking
Achilles Paratendinopathy
(Achilles Tendonitis)
Achilles Tendinopathy
(Achilles Tendonitis)
Broken Leg
(Tibia & Fibula Fracture)
Calf Muscle Strain        
Compartment Syndrome
(Exertional Lower Limb Pain)
Osgood Schlatters
Note: This is classed as a Knee Injury
Shin Splints
(Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome)
Tibialis Posterior Pain
(Acquired Flat Foot)
Note: This is classed as a Foot Injury




Expert Calf Injury Treatment

Injury Expert nicola Maffulli

Achilles Tendonitis Treatment

Nicola Maffulli, a Professor of Trauma & Orthopaedic Surgery, explains treatment to overcome this condition.

Expert John Orchard

Sciatica as a Cause of Calf Pain

Dr John Orchard explains how a back problem can commonly cause calf pain.

Expert Marc Bernier

Calf Strain Rehabilitation

Injury Expert Marc Bernier explains exercises for the calf muscles and when to return to sport.

Common Calf & Shin Injuries

Leg Exercise

Broken Leg Rehabilitation

A practical guide to strengthening exercises following a broken leg injury.

Shin Pain

Shin Pain & Shin Splints

Treatment & prevention information for Shin Splints, a common term for shin pain during running.

Tib Post

Tib Post Syndrome

Tibialis Posterior pain is a condition that can lead to Acquired Flat Foot and foot pain in later life.

Injury Research

Achilles Tendon Anatomy

Achilles Tendon Rehabilitation

Research investigating eccentric training in patients with chronic Achilles Tendinosis.


Injury Case Study

Freddie Ljunberg

Freddie Ljunberg's Calf Injury

A look at Freddie Ljunberg's calf injury and practical information for your own calf injury.