Shin splint treatment

If you experience pain in your lower legs during exercise, it could be an indication of shin splints. Whether on the lower inside or front of your shin, if left untreated shin splints can lead to stress fractures in the tibia, so it’s best to visit Podiatry on Pako for a thorough assessment and shin splint treatment.

What are shin splints?

Our podiatrists are commonly asked to treat pain in the lower leg and shins, referred to as ‘shin splints’. Typically the pain symptoms for shin splints are encountered at the front of the shin bone (anterior) or along the inside (posterior).

Causes of shin pain

Shin pain can range from a dull ache, often felt after running or walking to an intense, acute pain if left untreated. The most common cause of shin splints is medial tibial stress syndrome, or excessive stress where the tibia and leg muscles attach. Factors contributing to shin pain include:

  • Runner biomechanics and technique
  • Pronation, or flat feet
  • Ill-fitting or worn-out footwear
  • Training intensity, especially increased frequency
  • Training on hard surfaces or jumping
  • Tightness throughout the leg muscles, especially in the calf
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Shin splint treatment

Our Geelong podiatrist will perform a biomechanical assessment, determining where misalignment or poor leg mechanics are causing stress to the shin bone. Once we know where the problem originates, we can develop options for shin pain treatment, including:

  • Icing the area after exercise for immediate relief
  • Reducing or taking a break from exercise
  • Stretches and exercises to strengthen leg muscles
  • Orthotics for shin splints, custom-made in our clinic, to support realignment of the foot and leg muscles
  • Advice on the correct footwear to best support and cushion your muscles
  • Training program modifications
  • Taking painkillers as appropriate

Please contact our Geelong podiatrist to find out more about shin splint treatment. We also specialise in treatment for a huge range of exercise-related podiatry problems, from plantar fasciitis to knee pain.