Lindsey Ebbs Podiatry - Podiatry Insights

Shin Splints

At the Foot Hub Whitby, we treat a lot of patients with shin soreness, and it doesn’t matter if they’re a seasoned professional sports person or a weekend warrior.

If you can relate to this problem, you need to take it seriously, because if you do nothing and hope your shin soreness will go away, you may be in for a long wait.

Bone or Muscular

Not every shin splint is the same; there are varying degrees of severity.

With netball/basketball, in particular, there is a lot of force placed on the lower legs, because of all the jumping, angle changing and sudden stopping, and if too much force is placed on the connective tissues that attach your muscles to the shinbone, small micro tears can occur.

This is your typical shin splint problem that most players complain of.

This is your typical shin splint problem that most players complain of. In more severe cases you can develop a stress fracture in the shinbone itself. A stress fracture in the shinbone is a true shin splint. When this occurs, the pain can be quite intense and often the athlete finds it very difficult to run because of the pain.

Shin Splints often occur if:

Sometimes there can be a combination of causes and not just one.

How to Treat Shin Splints?

Treatment for Shin Splints can vary depending on the cause and severity.

In the early stages when the shin pain is mild, rest for a few days or possibly a week may be the best treatment, however in more severe cases involving a true stress fracture to the shinbone; you need to stop your activity altogether.

There are a few conventional treatment methods that should be followed by everyone regardless of the intensity.

We can also:

  • Evaluate your foot-type and footwear, and let you know if you’re wearing the right shoe for your specific foot-type because the wrong shoe can lead to injury.
  • Determine if there is a biomechanical fault that is causing the problem? - It’s important to point out that only a Podiatrist knows how to treat faulty foot biomechanics correctly. Your Physiotherapist and Chiropractor may be able to identify a faulty foot, but they cannot treat it.
  • Decide if you need prescription Orthotics because not everyone requires them, even if you’ve been told otherwise.
  • Explain a vast array of other therapies, such as Laser and fascial manipulation to promote healing.
  • Show you how to stretch and exercise correctly
  • Work out your acute/ chronic workload ratio

Preventing Shin Splints

If you've suffered from shin splints, there's a good chance you never want them again.

Having the correct footwear for your foot-type is paramount to preventing shin splints and also keeping track of how old they are?

Some people look after their shoes too well, meaning they look almost brand new even after 12 months, but internally they are useless. The cushioning and control of the shoe is completely worn out.

Running trainers are usually spent after 350 miles

It's also important to warm up before you exercise, do light stretching and avoid hard surfaces if you can. If you're experiencing pain in your shins right now, you should stop, because trying to run through the shin pain rarely pays off.

Shin splints can worsen quickly.

If you are suffering from shin splints, or some other running or sporting injury give us a call on 01947820319 as from treating this condition many times, experience tells us that early treatment is always the best option.


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