What are shin splints?
Shin splints is an umbrella term used to describe pain on the front of the leg, usually brought on by exercise. The term “shin splints” is not a diagnosis. It has come to describe several conditions affecting the leg during exercise. In most cases, shin splints is used to describe ‘Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome’ or MTSS.
How does it affect me?
Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome occurs on the lower third of the leg, to the outside of the shinbone (tibia). Pain manifests as a tight cramp-like sensation and is usually brought on by exercise, though most patients are able to run through the pain. The pain often feels worse when the exercise finishes but can continue after cessation of exercise for a few minutes to several hours.
What can I do about it?
MTSS is thought to occur due to the surface of the bone remodelling in response to stresses and loads placed upon it, usually by exercise. In the acute phase, rest is advised. Other direct therapies such as steroid injection and shock wave therapy can help.
Many patients respond well to foot orthoses as the orthoses can correct foot dysfunction making the runner more efficient mechanically.
If you have suffered with exercise induced leg pain for some time, it would be advisable to seek the opinion of a podiatrist or physiotherapist. MTSS is only one condition, there are at least another five conditions which can cause leg pain.
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Each of our orthoses has been developed with specific medical conditions in mind. We offer primary products per condition, though several others have been found to help patients given the biomechanical engineering behind them.