Shin Splints

The New Year is approaching quickly! Many of us would make New Year resolutions such as to keep fit or lose weight. As such, most would wipe the dust off those old pair of runners and include jogging into their exercise routine. Therefore for the last post of the year, we would be writing on the dreaded Shin Splints!

Shin Splints, also known clinically as Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome (MTSS), is one of the most common causes of leg pain in runners that is related to over exertion. In the early stages of MTSS, sufferers often complain of a diffused ache along the shinbone (Tibia) that is worse during/after walking or running and eases minutes after cessation of the activity. As the injury progresses, symptoms may be present with or without activity. The affected are would be tender to touch and might be visibly red and swollen.

Although highly debatable, it is widely believe that Shin splints are caused by the repeated overloading of the Tibia by various muscles and tendons thereby resulting in a stress reaction of the bone and inflammation of its surrounding tissues.

Some factors that might contribute to Shins Splints include:

  • Increase of exercise load too much, too soon
  • Having flat foot
  • Incorrect running technique
  • Uneven or overly hard surface
  • Improper footwear

Should you suffer from Shin Splints this holiday period, stop any aggravating activities and ice it for 10minutes on, 10minutes off and repeat until the pain subsides or until you can get to see a physio.

Physio Friend would like to thank everyone for your support in 2015 and we will see you again in 2016! Have happy and safe New Year!