Shin pain is one of the most common conditions we see at Bayswater Foot and Ankle Clinic.
There are many causes of shin pain and it is important to distinguish the cause of the pain before commencing an appropriate treatment program.
“Shin Splints” are often thought to be responsible for the cause, but in reality it can be any one of the following:
* Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome (MTSS)
* Inflammation of the Periosteum
* Periosteal Reaction
* Tibial Stress Fracture
* Tibialias Posterior Tendonopathy
* Nerve Impingement
* Compartment Syndrome
One of the more common causes of shin pain is MTSS.
MTSS is inflammation of the connective tissue (the periosteum) that surrounds the outside surface of the tibia and the outside of the muscles running along the tibial bone. Pain caused by MTSS is specifically located in the middle to lower thirds of the inside of the tibia. It often affects athletes competing in running or jumping based sports, although there are often numerous factors which contribute to MTSS.
As there are many causes of MTSS and other forms of shin pain, it is important to have a thorough examination to establish what structure is responsible for the shin pain, what has caused it to occur and the best way to manage it.
Our Podiatrists are able to correctly assess, diagnose and manage your shin pain effectively.