Introduction to Shin Pain

shin splint/ shin pain is the most common cause of exercise-induced leg pain encountered by athletes of all levels. In the past the term shin splint has been used to describe all forms of pain in the lower leg. A shin splint is a very specific problem. It is essentially an inflammatory reaction involving the deep tissues of the lower leg and may involve tendons & muscles. Specifically the tibialis anterior muscle and tendon. The inflammatory reaction occurs at the point where the deep tissues insert into the inside (medial) or front (anterior) aspect of the leg bone (tibia).



Causes & Treatment Options for Shin Pain

When a patient is suffering from a medial shin splint the pain will be present on the inner aspect of the leg. In an anterior shin splint, pain and tenderness is present on the front and outer aspect of the leg. In both cases, running and walking may be extremely painful. In severe cases, even light weight bearing may be painful.

  • Excessive pronation of the feet can also be a major contributing factor. Over-pronation leads to internal tibial rotation and increases the tractional forces upon the muscles and ligaments in the lower leg. Orthotic insoles are useful in that they help prevent over-pronation and provide heel cushioning to reduce impact while providing heel stability.

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Reusable Hot & Cold Pack

Cold and warm therapy can help the healing process associated with Shin Pain. Microwavable and remains flexible when frozen. Apply cold therapy initially and heat therapy when the shin is in the healing phase.