Shin Splints (Tibial Stress Syndrome)

Pain and swelling in the front of the lower legs is termed shin splints (tibial stress syndrome) . This pain usually manifests after repetitive activities such as running or walking. Factors that can increase occurrence of such aggravated pain include flat feet, calf tightness, improper training technique, wearing improper shoes, and running or walking on uneven surfaces. The condition usually appears bilaterally (in both legs). Treatment options include rest, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), ice, stretching exercises, switching to properly fitted shoes, and changing training habits. If not treated, shin splints may eventually result in a stress fracture to the shin bone. Laser therapy is an effective solution for treating shin splints.

“Many athletes get painful shin splints. It is important to treat the condition so that it does not progress to the point a stress fracture.”