Shin Splints: Identifying the Problem

Shin splints are very common, affecting many athletes at one time or another. Shin splint is a catch all phrase to describe inflammation in the muscles, tendons and even the bones of the lower leg. It relates to anterior and posterior tibial tendonitis and tendonosis. Many factors contribute to shin splints Massage, self-care, and adjustments to your workout regimen can all be helpful in addressing them.

There are two types of shin splints: Anterior and Posterior Medial. They can be identified by the following Shin Splintsfactors:
  • Pain on the front of the shin or medial side of the shin bone
  • Palpable inflammation in tibialis anterior or posterior muscles
  • Foot slap when running due to the inability to recruit muscles that lower the foot.
  • Check shoes for inward collapse or over-pronation, common with medial shin splints
  • Pain typically worsens with running or hiking
  • Increasing speed, impact, intensity or duration too quickly.
  • Poor bio-mechanics such as over pronation
  • Unsupportive footwear (particularly in the medial arch)
  • Poor shock adsorption of footwear
  • Imbalance of musculature in the lower leg
A practitioner will evaluate your injury and provide a comprehensive      treatment plan depending on the severity of your injury. Because it is a soft tissue problem, massage therapy is one of the most effective means of treating shin splints. Healing can also be expedited with diligent self-care. A treatment plan may include: