Shin Splints

Shin Splints

Shin splints generally cause pain in the lower section of the leg around the shinbone, and occur when the muscle attachment of the lower leg tears away from the bone.

As the bones in the feet and leg rotate, the muscle gets stretched and the muscle attachment around the bone starts to separate, creating soft tissue pain. If the shock and tearing continues, it can turn into stress fractures within the bone, which are very small bone fractures.

Treatments for chronic shin splints involve rest, footwear advice, acupuncture and orthotic devices, to reduce the amount of rotation in the lower leg and take stress off the muscles within the affected area.

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