Treating Shin Splints: Effective Chiropody Solutions

Published On: August 8, 2023

Shin splints are a common condition that can cause significant discomfort and pain in the lower legs. As a chiropodist, it’s crucial to understand the causes, symptoms, and treatment options for shin splints. In this blog post, we will explore the various aspects of shin splints and discuss effective chiropody solutions to alleviate pain and promote healing.

Shin splints, medically known as medial tibial stress syndrome, typically occur due to repetitive stress on the shinbone (tibia) and the surrounding muscles. Common causes include overuse, improper footwear, sudden changes in activity level, and poor biomechanics. Recognizing the early signs of shin splints is vital for early intervention and treatment.

Patients with shin splints may experience a range of symptoms, including:

  • Pain and tenderness along the inner part of the shinbone
  • Aching or throbbing sensations during physical activity
  • Increased pain after exercise or upon waking up
  • Mild swelling or inflammation in the lower leg area

As a chiropodist, conducting a thorough assessment is crucial in diagnosing shin splints accurately. This may involve a comprehensive patient history, physical examination, gait analysis, and, if necessary, recommending imaging tests such as X-rays or MRI scans.

Chiropodists are vital in managing shin splints and facilitating the healing process. Here are some effective treatment approaches to consider:

  • Rest and Activity Modification:
    Encourage patients to modify or avoid activities that aggravate their symptoms temporarily. Resting and allowing the affected area to heal is crucial for recovery.
  • Orthotics and Footwear Assessment:
    Evaluate the patient’s footwear and recommend appropriate modifications or changes. Custom-made prescription orthotics can help correct biomechanical abnormalities and provide support and stability during physical activities. 
  • Stretching and Strengthening Exercises:
    Teach patients specific stretching and strengthening exercises to improve muscle flexibility and strength, targeting the muscles in the lower leg, such as the calf muscles and tibialis anterior.
  • Biomechanical Assessment:
    Conduct a thorough biomechanical assessment to identify any underlying gait abnormalities or foot structure issues contributing to shin splints. Orthotics or shoe modifications may be recommended to address these concerns.

Educate patients about proper warm-up and cool-down techniques, gradual progression of exercise intensity, and appropriate footwear selection. Emphasize the importance of maintaining a balanced and injury-preventive exercise routine to minimize the risk of future shin splints.

As a chiropodist, understanding shin splints and implementing effective treatment strategies is essential for optimal patient care. Chiropodists can effectively manage shin splints and guide patients toward a pain-free recovery by combining rest, activity modification, orthotic support, and appropriate interventions. Early intervention and comprehensive care are key to resolving shin splint issues and helping individuals return to regular activities.

If you are experiencing shin splints, don’t hesitate to schedule an assessment today!

Read our Shin Splints information page or the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) information page for more information.

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