Conditions > Shin Splints Brian James Tracey

Shin Splints are a common lower extremity complaint, especially among runners and other athletes. They are characterized by pain in the front or inside aspect of the lower leg due to overexertion of the muscles. The pain usually develops gradually without a history of trauma, and might begin as a dull ache along the front or inside of the shin (Tibia) after running or even walking. Small bumps and tender areas may become evident adjacent to the shin bone. The pain can become more intense if not addressed, and shin splints should not be left untreated because of an increased risk of developing stress fractures.

  • Shin Splints is a term to describe pain in the lower leg, caused by muscle or tendon inflammation.
  • It is commonly related to excessive foot pronation (collapsing arch), but may be related to a muscle imbalance between opposing muscle groups in the leg.

 

Treatment: Proper stretching and corrective orthoses (shoe inserts) for pronation can help prevent shin splint