Are you suffering from shin pain?

Shin Pain | Healthy Life Foot Clinic

Have you been getting pain along either side of your shin bone (the bone below your knee & above your ankle)? Well you may have developed shin splints or medically what is called medial tibial stress syndrome (MTSS).

There are many different forms of shin pain & many different causes. The most common is MTSS (but other less common causes include stress fractures & compartment syndrome). MTSS commonly occurs when someone suddenly starts exercising (eg. jogging/running) or exercising on hard surfaces such as bitumen. We also commonly see it in football players early in the season when they are training on hard ovals & running on the road.

So what can you do about it? Our 3 quick tips:
1. reduce amount of running for a short period (1-2 weeks) then GRADUALLY increase & run on softer surfaces
2. ice your shins
3. if your shoes are more than 12 months old, replace them

If pain persists (as the TV ad goes) get the problem assessed. Shin pain can be relatively quick to settle if treated early. If it’s not addressed early, it can really limit your physical activity & mean stopping running or exercising. So if you have shin pain, call us or make an appointment today by clicking on the “Make an Appointment” button.

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What to expect at your consultation

When you see one of our Podiatrist’s at Healthy Life Foot Clinic, you’ll not only feel welcomed but confident in their care.

We’ll initially take the time to learn about you and your problem and how it’s affected you and what it’s stopping you from doing. We will then take a thorough history and perform a detailed examination to determine what’s wrong and the cause of your problem.

Part of the examination will involve observation of your walking which may also include the use of video or Gaitscan (this measures the pressure applied under your feet). We may also refer you for further xrays or ultrasound if indicated.

Finally, we will give you a plan which will clearly detail what the problem is, why it’s there and what we will do to get you back to doing what you love as quickly as possible. Treatment will vary according to your problem but may include a combination of hands on therapy (foot mobilisation and dry needling), strapping, exercise, footwear advice, laser, orthotic therapy and general foot care.

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