Commonly presenting as exercise induced lower leg pain on the front, lower third of the leg.
Usually the foot function, or footwear can be to blame for the onset of shin splints.
Shin splints is an umbrella term used for pain in this area, but there are 3 very different injuries that can be at the root of the pain.
1) Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome (MTSS) - in very basic terms, this is where the muscle that attaches into the leg bone is being overused and becomes inflamed/torn at the insertion to the bone
2) Tibial Stress Fractures - Stress fractures in the bone of the lower leg.
3) Compartment syndrome - tightness of the membrane the encapsulates the muscles at the front of the lower leg.
Our podiatrists will thoroughly assess your feet, biomechanics, footwear and take a detailed history including training regime. Imaging may be used to assist diagnosis such as ultrasound, x-ray or MRI.
Once a diagnosis is established we will provide a customised treatment plan and a guided return to activity.