Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome or “Shin Splints”

Medial tibial stress syndrome, or “shin splints,” is an overuse injury caused by repetitive stress placed on the lower legs while running and exercising. This stress can lead to inflammation of the tibia (shin bone), which causes the pain. Flat feet also may contribute to this condition. Symptoms include pain along the shin bone, pain before, during, and/or after activity, and tenderness to the touch.

The standard treatment for shin splints is rest, ice, and compression, along with ice massage along the tibia. Those who suffer from shin splints also should “change up” their exercise routines by swimming or biking instead of running.

To prevent shin splints, be sure to properly stretch and strengthen for athletic activity. Wear the proper shoes for your activity, avoid running on uneven surfaces, and when training, progress your activity gradually.

Rehabilitation involves stretching and strengthening the ankle musculature.

Content on this page is for informational purposes only. If injured, please consult a physician.

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