Shin Splints

shin painIf you have noticed your shins becoming sore whilst walking or running, it may be possible that you have shin splints. Shin Splints are very common, and participating in higher impact sports may make you more prone to get them than others.

Look Out for These Symptoms

Shin splints can be extremely painful.  To touch the shin can be excruciating, let alone having to walk or run.  Shin splints can be felt before exercise which then often eases as you continue to exercise.   Pain is usually worse the day after exercise.  Occasionally, redness and swelling may be present.

What Causes It

Shin splints have numerous causes. A common cause is an increase in muscle work due to an excessive foot roll in, tightness in the calf muscles or incorrect footwear.   An increase in activity levels can also be a culprit.

How to Eliminate Pain

Shin splints will not go away on its own.  However, in most cases it can be easily treated, usually with minimal discomfort, and with an immediately significant improvement.  If you believe you may be suffering from shin splints, you should see a podiatrist.

At Foot Factor Podiatry we treat the cause of shin splints, not just the symptoms.  Using the latest evidence based treatments, selected upon individual requirements; all podiatrists at Foot Factor Podiatry can implement dry needling, myotherapy, foot mobilisation and manipulative techniques, fascial stretching and fascial release, at-home exercises, footwear advice and orthotic therapy.  Our podiatrist’s spend time assessing the foot mechanics and prescribe individualised treatment plans.

We’ve relieved many patients from the pain of shin splints.  If you’re concerned, book yourself in with our podiatrist, at Foot Factor Podiatry, unit 1/1 Laurinda Cres, Springwood (ph.  3133 8134) or 2/124 Orange Grove Rd, Coopers Plains (ph. 07 3133 8134).

Don’t let pain restrict your participation in life!