Shin splints is a condition that refers to any pain in the front or inside of the lower leg. Shin splints can be a wide array of conditions that all present with pain in the same part of the leg. Shin splints can refer to inflammation of the bones, tendons, or muscles around the shin. Because of the wide variety of conditions and tissues that can cause shin splints, the condition can be described as; cramping, burning, sharp, bruised, dull, or a variety of other pain descriptors. This means that treating shin splints can not be a one size fits all approach.
To treat shin splints it is first important to identify what tissue is actually inflamed, this can usually be completed in the clinic by your Podiatrist. During this assessment, a thorough history will be taken as well as a palpation examination and a video gait analysis. This will bring your pain from a general diagnosis of shin splints into a more specific condition that will help formulate a specific treatment plan for you and your treatment plan.
Some conditions that cause shin pain can be very difficult to treat, particularly if the condition is not picked up early. If you have shin pain, we advise you to seek treatment to ensure the best outcomes for your pain.