Home Remedy for Shin- Splints
The shin is the bone in the front of the leg below the knee. It is also called the Tibia and combines with the Fibula to form the bones at the lower leg. When you have pain along the Tibia (the large bone), usually as a result of overuse, it is referred to as Shin Splints. This is common with runners, military recruits and dancers.
What Causes Shin Splints?
Shin splints are caused by mounting pressure constantly on the shinbone as well as the surrounding tissues that connect your muscles to the bone. It may arise when you:
- Just began or intensify sports or training.
- Put on shoes that are not fitted.
- Have stiff calf muscles.
- Perform sporting activities on hard surfaces.
- Are ascending up a hill with speed, increasing pressure on the shin.
- Have previous injuries or wounds on your ankle or foot.
- Do not have proper running gait
Who is at Risk of Getting Shin Splints?
Anyone could be affected by this condition but runners, people who have flat feet, people who march or walk for long hours (such as the military), anyone who has osteoporosis – whose bones are already weak, dancers and people who have eating disorder are at a high risk of developing the condition.
Symptoms of Shin Splints
Pain at the front part of the lower leg is the most common symptom of Shin Splints.
Other symptoms include:
- Pain that comes up while you exercise
- Pain on both sides of the shin
- Muscular discomfort
- The feeling of pain in the internal part of the lower leg
- Tenderness or soreness along the inner part of the lower leg
- Mild Swelling in the lower leg
- Lack of feeling and feebleness of the feet
Diagnosis of Shin Splints
Shin splints is usually a diagnoses of medical examination. Also, during consultation, your doctor would like to know which exercise and sporting activities you are involved in as well as which medications or therapies you have undergone.
Imaging such as x-rays, CT Scans and MRI can be suggested in order to ascertain the condition and its causes.
Management of Shin Splints
With rest and ice, most people recover from shin splints without any long-term health problems. However, if left untreated, shin splints do have the potential to develop into a tibial stress fracture.
You can ease the pain you feel from shin splints through: taking a rest; the use of ice pack; using anti-inflammatory pain medication; stretching and massaging the calf muscles; stopping the known cause(s) of pain; doing mild exercises and for not too long; sporting on soft, level ground ensuring your sports gears are supportive.
Surgery helps in extreme cases, However, it is not necessary in many cases.
Physiotherapy is very important in effective management of shin splints. Upon diagnosing the condition, the physiotherapist can establishing the gravity of your injury. After this, an appropriate treatment plan and sessions will commence. He would also closely monitor your healing process to ensure quick and safe recovery.
Effective Physiotherapy & Fitness Clinic has proficient Physiotherapists that can manage Shin Splints and similar conditions like Swollen legs, Knee pain, Stiff joints, Arthritis, Paralysis and others.
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