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What are shin splints?

Shin splints is a general term used to describe exercise-induced pain in the front of the lower legs or shins.

The shin pain can be felt during or after strenuous activity, particularly sports such as sudden stops and starts and especially running. A very common cause of shin splints is also known as medial tibial stress syndrome (MTSS) worse for a poorly functioning arch (over pronation).

It is important to not ‘run through the pain’ as the pain could be a sign of injury to the bone and surrounding tissues to your leg. Continued force on your legs will make the injury and your pain worse.

You can still exercise but choosing sports such as cycling, swimming and pilates.

Symptoms of this condition

  • Risk factors included poorly fitting shoes and/or worn out trainers
  • If you are overweight or pronated foot type, have weak ankles or tight Achilles tendon and or tight calf muscles
  • Pain at the front of lower legs and shins
  • Swelling at the front of the shins

Treatments we provide for shin splints

  • Custom Made orthotics (with gait analysis)
  • Massage
  • Stretching
  • Anti-inflammatories
  • Ice treatment (Icing)

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