Shin splints is a common injury of the lower limb, especially in athletes involved in running sports. It is generally not a serious condition, but can create debilitating symptoms of pain along either the front or inner border of the shin bone. There are multiple causes of shin splints which can include the following:
- biomechanical abnormalities such as “flat feet”
- muscle fatigue, tightness and weakness of the lower leg and feet
- poor choice of footwear
- worn-out footwear
- training errors such as over training or “too much, too soon”
- issues with running technique
How can a podiatrist can assist in managing shin splints?
Full assessment to find the mechanism of injury. This includes comprehensive history taking, non-weight bearing and weight-bearing assessment of the joints and muscle function, video gait analysis to assess the biomechanics of the entire lower limb and foot wear assessment.