We, as Podiatrists, love being able to help people of ALL ages and abilities, like you, who enjoy running or walking.
Shin pain or “shin splints” is a very common walking and running injury that we see in our clinics. Shin pain or “shin splints” as it may be known to some people is a broad term used to group together many of the specific pathologies which cause pain in your shin.
Some of the common pathologies that we see and help manage in the clinic include:
- Stress fracture or stress reaction of the tibia (lower leg bones)
- Tibialis posterior tendinopathy
- Medial tibial stress syndrome
- Periosteal reaction
- Compartment syndrome
- Lower leg overload syndrome
and many more that fall under the “shin pain” banner.
These injuries are commonly chronic, meaning they slowly get worse over time and often limit how much running, walking or sport our patients can participate in. These injuries can often be frustrating because they can settle with a little rest but tend to flare up again with return to activity.
Shin pain is a multi-factorial injury, meaning that it generally has many causative factors. These factors have contributed to the injury occurring over time. Some of the common factors that we assess and help you manage in the clinic include:
- your running or walking technique
- your walking/running shoes
- your foot posture/alignment
- orthotic devices
- training surface
- training load
- nutrition & hydration
- muscle strength & flexibility
- hip and lower back alignment & flexibility
Shin pain is best treated early. However, even for people who have had shin pain for a long time, we are still able to help.
If you, or someone you know, suffers from shin pain, whether it has been there a short or a long time, we will be able to help in confirming your specific diagnosis, performing a full video assessment to help assess the causative factors and to provide you a plan to help settle the pain and get you back to enjoying your activity!
Call our clinic or go to our website to make an appointment.
Geelong 52 22 68 68 – Latrobe Health Centre
Drysdale 52 515 724 – Bellarine Sports Medicine Centre
Colac 52 322 400 – Corio Bay Sports Treatment Clinic