- Reduction in blood flow and nourishment to the lower leg
- Weakening of the muscle and ligament attachment to the bone
- Reduction in the growth and repair process of the bone cells.
- Pain radiating down the inner front of the lower leg
- Pain aggravated by running or high impact activities
- Pain persisting for weeks and often worse on the morning following activity
- Occasional swelling, lumps or redness over the inner aspect of the shin bone
- Pain on movements such as pointing the toes forwards or straightening the knees
- The area is painful or tender to touch
Multiple factors are associated with shin splint development. The most common causes are:
- Poor foot mechanics, including over pronation (rolling) of the feet
- Increasing training activity, intensity or duration rapidly
- Wearing non-supportive footwear
- Excessively tight calf muscles
- Participating in high impact activities
- Running on hard surfaces
Appropriate treatment and care can reduce the associated complication making it easier to live a healthy active life.
The treatment also works on reliving the tension in the tendons attaching to the tibia through a wide range of techniques including cross friction massage, joint manipulation, muscle stretching and dry needling are used to stimulate healing and reduce pain. It is important to treat the compensatory patterns as they have the ability to cause permanent structural damage which can potentially result in decreased motivation & ability to work out in the future.
In conjunction with Osteopathic treatment, Dr Tanvi also uses Posture Control Insoles (PCI's) to correct the structure of the foot & improve the overall biomechanical alignment of the body.
These corrective insoles can only be prescribed by practitioners who have undergone specific additional post graduate training and use a new technology to address physical changes in the body. Retraining the muscles of the foot and improving the nervous system to reduce the load on the lower leg and stresses on the body, also improving overall postural related pain and restoring function.
Treatment time varies among individuals but virtually everyone sees an improvement right from the first session. Our Osteopath will also advise you of key in between treatment activities you can perform at home, to maximise your recovery and minimise any further damage from sporting activity.