With the return of many competition sports our Podiatrists are seeing an increasing number of cases of Shin Splints (Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome). Our Podiatrist, Chris Culkin, has been working with a local women’s AFL team to assist in providing education and management of this condition. Below he breaks down the condition and how a podiatrist may be able to help.
What are Shin Splints?
- Also known as medial tibial stress syndrome
- Most common in athletes that run long distances (e.g. footballers and runners) and dancers
- Pain at the front/inside of the shins
- Can begin with on and off pain, progressively worsens
- Best to get on top of it early as in some cases it can progress to stress fractures
- Most often the cause is some form of training error – too much volume, duration and or frequency of exercise
- Commonly seen when athletes have not gradually increased their load management eg. lack of pre-season
How can a Podiatrist help?
- Running programs & video gait assessment to identify risk factors and target mechanical weaknesses
- Orthotic therapy is an important component when treating shin splints. Custom orthotics aim to provide shock attenuation and correct or reduce biomechanical overload
- Footwear assessment and recommendations to ensure a sound, supportive foundation
- Strengthening programs aimed at increasing tolerance to loads and maintaining conditioning
We endeavour to work with you to achieve your active goals in a progressive and supportive manner so you can get back to doing what you love!