Chronic pain in the shins (known as shin splints, or medial tibial stress syndrome) is a common affliction for athletes everywhere, particularly runners.
There’s no one cause of shin splints, and the term itself can refer to several different diagnoses with overlapping symptoms. The primary inflammation may be in muscle, tendon, or bone tissue (or all three) in and around the tibia (shinbone).
However, regardless of the cause, the pain is more than enough to keep you from the things you love. Fortunately, successful treatment for shin splints can usually be achieved through conservative means.
Pain is most often centered along the tibia’s inner border, which is where the muscles attach to the bone. It can range from a dull, throbbing ache to a sharp, razor-like stabbing. Generally, pain is the worst both during and after exercise. Pushing on the shin with your hands may aggravate the discomfort.
Most often, shin splints result from chronic overuse. As mentioned above, runners are particularly vulnerable to shin pain. However, anyone who participates in running or jumping sports, dance, military training, etc., can be affected. Other common risk factors include:
Conservative treatments are highly effective for shin splints. The most effective procedures for you will depend on the underlying causes of your condition. Successful management often includes some or all of the following components:
Shin pain should not force you to stop activities you used to enjoy. Take back control of your life! Call Gulf South Foot & Ankle, LLC, and schedule an appointment with one of our physicians today.