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Common Causes of Shin Splints and How to Treat Them
Common Causes of Shin Splints and How to Treat Them
Dr. Ryan Pitts If you’ve ever suffered from shin splints, then you know how painful and annoying they can be. Shin splints are often characterized by noticeable swelling in your lower leg accompanied by sharp pain on the inside portion of your shin. The medical term for this condition is medial tibial stress syndrome (MTSS). (Mayo Clinic) Shin splints are typically caused by moderate to heavy periods of strenuous exercise, such as dancing, soccer, running, and weightlifting. People who have rigid arches or flatter feet are also more susceptible to developing shin splints. The actual cause of shin splints is the forceful stop-start motion placed on the shin bone and surrounding tissues. The force irritates the muscles connected to the shin bone, resulting in inflammation and pain. Diagnosis of skin splints A typical orthopedic specialist will be able to diagnose shin splints through a simple physical exam of the injured area. Additional X-rays and scans may be performed to determine if there are any bone microfractures in the surrounding area. Shin splints may not be the cause of your shin pain, which is ...