Shin Splints

What are shin splints?


Shin Splints refers to pain down the front bone of your leg, called the tibia. Anyone can suffer from shin splints but it is very common in runners, triathletes and in the sporting community. There are two common sites for shin Splints;


  • Anterior Shin Splints – This refers to the front portion of your tibia bone
  • Posterior Shin Splints – This usually occurring more on the inside of your leg, along the tibia bone.
shin splints symtoms and causes

Causes of shin splints


There are many causes, some of these include:

  • Flat or Pronated feet
  • High arched or Supinated feet
  • Biomechanical dysfunction
  • Overuse or repetitive stress injuries (stress fractures)
  • Trauma
  • Increased activity
  • Sporting activities – including more commonly, running (especially on inclines) and jumping
  • Footwear
  • Trigger Points
  • Muscle strain or tears
  • Increased weight

Shin splints treatment


There are many forms of treatment we provide at Elite Podiatry.  These include:

The aim of the treatment is to reduce strain on the tendon and reduce inflammation. If left untreated, shin splints can develop into stress fractures and therefore immediate assessment and treatment is essential. For further information and an appointment, please contact one of our expert podiatrists at Elite Podiatry. At Elite Podiatry we have mastered advanced techniques that help us identify, diagnose and treat shin splints and its associated complications effectively with a high success rate. We have a range of treatments available to help relieve and prevent such conditions and improve your quality of life. At Elite Podiatry, we often use adjunct therapies to offer the most effective form of treatment. Depending on your requirements, we will customise a treatment suitable to your needs. Please call us at Elite Podiatry to organise an appointment for an assessment, diagnosis and treatment.