Suffering from Shin Splints?

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Suffering from Shin Splints? Here we discuss how Shin Splints happens and Tips on how to avoid them

Shin Splints can be very painful and annoying when trying to run more and train for a variety of different running events.  It can really impact activity and immediate intervention.  Here we will learn more about shin splints.

What are Shin Splints?

The term “shin splints” refers to pain along the shin bone (tibia) — the large bone in the front of your lower leg. They are common in runners, dancers and military recruits. Medically known as “medial tibial stress syndrome”, it often occurs in athletes who have recently intensified or changed their training routines.  This increased activity overworks the leg muscles, tendons and bone tissue.  ​​​​​​​​

Symptoms of Shin Splints

If you start to experience pain on the inside of your lower leg along the shin bone (tibia), then you may have shin splints.

Your shin splints pain will often be worse at the beginning and end of exercise routine but subsides during activity. As the injury progresses however, you may find you also experience pain during activity and at rest.

Other symptoms associated with the condition may include:

  • Pain and swelling in the area
  • The area is tender and sore to touch
  • Dull and aching pain

There are a number of other conditions that have very similar symptoms to those of shin splints, so it’s important to get diagnosed by a podiatrist to ensure you’re put on the correct treatment plan.

You may be wondering how you got this pain? What causes Shin Splints? Here are the reasons:

1. You have Increased your mileage too fast – Doing too much too fast is one of the most common causes.
2. You are not stretching your calves enough – Neglecting to stretch your calves before and after running can cause and worsen them.
3. Are you still running in worn-out shoes? – Running without the support of good running shoes can be a cause. At the Chelsea clinic we like to advice that running shoes should be replaced every 300 miles of use.
4. Always running in the same direction – Always running in the same direction on a track for example can add stress on one leg, which is also one of the causes.

This is so common especially to cyclists, runners, dancers, and anyone who strikes the ground with their forefoot.

Most people experience a dull throbbing pain along the inner part of their shin. This should not be ignored as pushing through the pain will make things worse. ​​​​​​​​
This can lead to stress fractures and should therefore be treated like a potentially serious injury.

If you think you have shin splints, you can treat them at home with the peace and love protocol:


Avoid Anti-Inflammatories


If you are struggling with this kind of pain and have tried many treatments yet you are still having issues? We can provide treatment protocols for you and make you pain free.Schedule an appointment here or you may call us at 44 (0) 207 101 4000.


Wishing you have a loveLEG day! 👣☀️

-The Chelsea Clinic and Team




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Paola Ash at the Chelsea Clinic

At The Chelsea clinic we have a very specific skill set with regards the foot and ankle. Pleased to offer a bespoke service which is tailored to the individual. With over 20 years experience in the Fitness and Healthcare industry we are registered and qualified with the Health Care Professions Council, the College of Podiatry and the General Osteopathic Council.