Shin Splints

Shin Splints is a term that commonly refers to the painful inflammation of the muscles around the shins. This condition is frequently caused by jumping and running, and it mends slowly. The medical name for Shin Splints is the medial tibial syndrome.

The symptoms of this condition are tenderness all over the shin, pains in the lower leg, swelling, pain in the feet or toes when bent downwards, and inflammation of the shin. Overpronation is one factor that usually induces shin splits. Pronation happens when a foot becomes flat when weight is employed. An ordinary foot flattens out slightly, which is normal in ordinary foot motion. Overpronation takes place when a foot gets overly flattened out, making the foot turn inwards.

There are a few tips to follow for athletes who suffer from shin splints. One must take a rest to let the injury heal. Use cold or ice therapy in the early phases, especially when it is extremely painful. This therapy helps reduce inflammation and pain. The lower leg muscles must be stretched, particularly the tibialis posterior, which is associated with shin splints. Put shock-absorbing innersoles in the shoes because it helps lessen the impact and shock transmitted to the lower leg, mostly when running on firm surfaces.

To detect the causes of this condition, a doctor may prescribe a bone scan or an X-ray. Bone scanning will determine the bone areas that point to probable stress fractures and other problems in the bones. Likewise, an X-ray can spot fractures and discover long stress fractures.