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Patient of the Day: Shin Splints

Blog by Vancouver Orthotics, Hycroft Medical Building (114-3195 Granville St @ 16th Ave) | March 10th, 2011

Patient of the Day: Shin Splints – burning pain at the front of the lower leg aggravated by repetitive activities such as jogging/running without adequate rest, training or footwear. One possible solution: evaluate the status of the foot arch and if necessary support the arch with a custom orthotic insert. Rest, ice, compress, massage and modify activity. More information at Vancouver Orthotics, 604-767-3668. Please consult your community chiropractor for a more specific treatment plan for your condition.

Shin Splints Treatment in VancouverShin Splints in Vancouver

Shin splints refer to the sharp pains that occur down the front of the lower leg. They are a common complaint, particularly among runners and other athletes. Shin splints is a general term used to refer to a painful condition in the shins. It is often caused by running or jumping, and may be very slow to heal. Formal medical terms include medial tibial syndrome, medial tibial stress syndrome and stress-related anterior lower leg pain. Some object to the classification of "shin splints" as a diagnosis, and instead consider it to be a symptom of other underlying conditions.

Dr. Michael Horowitz offers a 5-Step process to successfully treating this condition.  He can help evaluate & diagnose your condition and recommend the best course of action for you. Call Vancouver Orthotics at 604-737-3668 for more information.

Overused muscle

One cause of shin splints is an overused muscle, either as an acute injury or DOMS(delayed-onset muscle soreness). The muscle pain is caused by any activity that involves running, jumping, also sometimes even walking, swimming or playing basketball. An individual not accustomed to running may experience pain in the shin muscles the next day even after a single, short bout of intensive running.

Inflammation of connective tissue

Shin pain may also be the result of inflammation of connective tissue such as periosteum (periostitis). The pain may be caused by a stress fracture in the bone or some other problem like osteosarcoma. Pain in the lower leg may also be referred from a distant area of the body, such as pressure on the sciatic nerve (sciatica) which lies in the posterior thigh.

Have your questions about Shin Splints answered by Dr. Michael Horowitz by calling 604-737-3668 or by filling out the form below. He will respond promptly.

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