Splints Pain & Football
When shin pain occurs during running, the condition
is commonly referred to as Shin Splints. However, sports medicine
professionals refrain from using the term since it can be
misleading. People often assume that shin pain and ‘Shin
Splint’ are synonymous terms. However, both may actually
be mere indicators of a variety of other conditions. Medial
Tibial Stress Syndrome is one of the prevalent skin conditions
which have been referred to as ‘Shin Splints’.
- This occurs at the inside border of the shin bone creates
a stress reaction. This stress reaction usually signals a
- This type happens when an irritation persists
on the point in the shin bone where the Soleus and Tibialis
Posterior Muscles are attached.
Commonly caused by overuse, The Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome
typically affects people who regularly run on hard and/or
uneven surfaces. However, the risk of developing the syndrome
may be increased by a range of other factors such as the altered
posture of the foot, knee and hip.
Shin Splints Signs
For those afflicted with the Medial Tibial Syndrome,
the duration as well as the end of a workout will produce
a feeling of pain coming from the inner border of the shin.
However, a proper diagnosis of Medial Stress Syndrome may
only be made once Compartment Syndrome, Tibial Stress Fracture
and other sources of shin pain are effectively ruled out.
Confirming the diagnosis will entail a complicated process
of investigations. With the supervision of a sports physician
or orthopaedic doctor, bone scans and compartment pressure
tests may be utilized.
What you can do
Ice therapy is an ideal way to give immediate
pain relief to the injured person. Applying ice packs directly
to the skin may cause ice burns so extra care is needed when
implementing this form of treatment. Moreover, pain will be
effectively alleviated if the initial treatment of this injury
is guided by the PRICE protocol: protection, rest, ice, compression
and elevation. As for the ice packs, they must be applied
every few hours, for twenty minutes each time. If the pain
continues to persist, pain-relieving medicines and anti-inflammatory
gels may be used.
Reusable ice packs
In many patients, symptoms are easily treated
without surgery. With rest, the patients will also engage
on exercises designed to improve their flexibility and strength.
Gradually, the symptoms will subside and the patient will
be able to return to activities like running. A physiotherapist
or podiatrist may also perform a bio-mechanical analysis,
a procedure that examines the posture of the shin during rest
and while walking as well as running. This analysis will help
prevent the recurrence of the injury since it can reveal the
factors that may be increasing the patient’s risk to
Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome. As a result, measures may immediately
be implemented to correct the detected injuries.
A physiotherapy analysis may also detect the presence of muscle
imbalance, leg length inequality as well as other causes of
Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome is also usually
caused by other conditions such as that of pes planus or flat-footedness.
Another common cause is the pronated foot position,
a condition in which running causes the arch of the foot to
be lowered involuntarily. This produces pain since the lowered
arch increases strain on the Tibialis posterior muscle which
in turn pulls on the inside of the shin. This condition and
many others can effectively be diagnosed through a bio-mechanical
Continuing with exercise or any physical activity
may worsen any existing shin condition so it is advisable
to get a chartered physiotherapist or orthopaedic consultant
to assess the shin pain immediately. However, if the patient
wants to maintain fitness during treatment of the injury,
non-weight bearing exercises in the pool may be ideal. In
order to have a low-impact workout while allowing the injury
to heal, the patient may opt to use a buoyancy belt in order
to do some running exercises in the pool. The buoyancy belt
will keep the patient’s feet from touching the floor
of the pool, effectively eliminating any possible strain on
the injured leg.
In the instance that a doctor finds that the
shin pain is actually a soft tissue problem, the patient may
uses a compression sleeve. The sleeve will allow them to run
while continuing with the treatment of the injury. While running,
the sleeve will limit the pull of the muscles on the shin,
thus reducing stress. Although compression sleeves do not
provide a cure, they can reduce symptoms while allowing the
footballers to engage in some level of physical activity.
If the Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome does not
respond to conservative treatment, surgery may be considered.
Shin Splints Prevention
What you can do
Typical of injuries involving overuse, Medial
Tibial Stress Syndrome results from untimely participation
in excessive physical activity. Physical activity must always
increase gradually especially when starting or altering a
fitness regimen. For instance, when a runner suddenly decides
to run for 10 miles today even though his usual routine calls
for only 2 miles of running, he inevitably puts his body at
risk. Such a danger can be prevented through the maintenance
of a running log.
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reduce the stress placed on the shins. Correction of activities
like flat feet and fallen arches may also prevent the development
of Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome. If fallen arches seem to
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on the arch and on the Tibialis Posterior Tendon.
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