Shin splints & Pain

What are Shin Splints?

Shin pain or shin splints refers to pain down the front bone of your lower leg, called the tibia. Anyone can suffer from shin splints but it is very common in runners, triathletes and in the sporting community. There are two common sites for shin splints:

  • Anterior shin splints – refers to the front portion of your tibia bone
  • Posterior shin splints – usually occurring more on the inside of your lower leg, along the tibia bone

What causes shin pain?

There can be many causes, some of which include:

  • Flat (pronated) feet
  • High arched (supinated) feet
  • Overuse or repetitive stress injuries (stress fractures)
  • Trauma
  • Increased activity
  • Sporting activities – most commonly, running (especially on inclines) and jumping
  • Poor footwear
  • Trigger points
  • Muscle strain or tears
  • Increased weight

How can I treat shin pain?

There are many treatments, some of which include:

  • Acupuncture
  • Trigger point therapy
  • Dry needling
  • Laser acupuncture
  • Joint mobilisations
  • Kinetic and rigid taping
  • Silicone cupping
  • Orthotics
  • Muscle energy techniques
  • Suitable footwear
Shin splints & Pain

Please note: If symptoms persist we recommend visiting your health professional for appropriate assessment and treatment.

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