Have you ever been on a long run or walk and noticed that your shins are aching and feel stiff? Over time, you may notice that your shins start to hurt more and more for longer periods of time. This pain is what is known as shin splints, and they can cause serious damage if left untreated.
In this article, we’ll discuss what shin splints are and how you can treat them.
What are shin splints?
Also known as medial tibial stress syndrome, shin splints are stresses along your shinbone and the connective tissue surrounding it. After exercise or strain, these can become inflamed, which can put pressure on your shins and can cause them to hurt. There are a number of reasons why shin splints may occur, such as flat foot syndrome. However, they can also be caused by exercise that puts strain on that area of the body, such as running.
Although shin splints are not too dangerous, if left untreated over time, they can lead to stress fractures along the tibia bone, which can result in a far longer healing time.
How can I treat shin splints?
The best way to treat shin splints is to speak to a podiatrist. They will be able to assess your feet and ankles to see if these are the root cause of your pain. Podiatrists can spot if you are likely to suffer from shin splints, and can offer advice on how you can best manage the pain.
If these management methods are not working, a podiatrist at our clinic will be able to book you in for further assessment or to receive a sports massage.
Treat shin splints today with Melville Wellness Centre
If you love nothing more than spending time outdoors or enjoying runs, but are struggling with shin splints, contact Melville Wellness Centre today to learn more about our Melville chiropractor services and how we can help you overcome your shin splint pain, as well as other feet and ankle issues. Give us a call for more information today on 08 9314 2777.