Shin splints is a condition which causes pain to radiate down the front and sides of your shins, typically during or after exercise. It’s also known as tibial stress syndrome.
This condition is commonly caused by overexertion during exercise, and often experienced by runners, dancers and gymnasts.
The good news about shin splints, is that though it’s uncomfortable, it’s completely curable, and preventable. Our osteopaths and chiropractors can help heal your pain and empower you with strengthening exercises to prevent re-injury.
Shin splints typically cause pain and tenderness along the front and sides of your lower leg, particularly during and after exercise.
The pain can present as a dull ache or throbbing and may occur alongside swelling.
The main cause of shin splints is overactivity during exercise, particularly if you’re running or jumping on hard surfaces. This motion stresses the calves, causing pain.
Shin splints are more common in people who have weaker ankles, hips or core muscles. Weight may also be a contributing factor for shin splints.
The condition is also common in those who have flat feet, or if you’re wearing ill-fitting shoes during exercise. Essentially, if you lack support from the ground up, you’re more at risk of developing shin splints.
Our osteopaths and chiropractors will help you define the root cause of your shin splints. They’ll then develop an individual treatment plan tailored to your needs, in order to strengthen and stabilise your legs, ankles, hips and core, so that your body is prepared to deal with high impact sports.
Our bodywork therapists will also work with you to reduce the tightness of your muscles, while stimulating the healing ability of your muscles and tendons by increasing healthy blood flow to the affected areas.
You may also find it beneficial to speak with one of our naturopaths, who can give you dietary and supplement recommendations in order to speed up your recovery and improve the health of your muscles and joints to prevent re-injury.
As shin splints can be caused by the muscles of the legs being too weak to sustain the weight of the body, a strategy to simultaneously lose weight and strengthen your leg muscles may be necessary. Our osteopaths, naturopaths and nutritionists can support you through this process.