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Shin splints (MTSS)

Overcoming Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome: Strategies for Treating Shin Splints

Comprehensive Approach to Alleviating Pain and Correcting Biomechanical Flaws

About the condition

Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome (MTSS), commonly referred to as "Shin Splints," is a frequent issue among runners and individuals resuming physical training after a period of inactivity. This condition is often a result of inadequate footwear, biomechanical abnormalities, or imperfections in running gait. Shin splints are characterized by pain along the shin bone (tibia), which typically manifests within the first 10 minutes of starting a run. Initially, the pain may subside as the activity continues, but without proper treatment, the discomfort can become persistent and more severe.

Treatment

Effective management of Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome requires a holistic and personalized approach. A full Musculoskeletal (MSK) assessment and gait analysis are essential to identify the underlying causes of the condition. Based on the findings, a tailored treatment plan may include gait retraining to address and correct running gait flaws. Modifications to footwear are often recommended to provide proper support and alleviate stress on the shins. Additionally, the use of orthotic devices can be beneficial in correcting biomechanical imbalances. Strengthening exercises, guided by a physiotherapist, are crucial for reinforcing biomechanical weaknesses and preventing recurrence of the condition. This comprehensive strategy aims not only to alleviate the immediate symptoms of shin splints but also to address the root causes, ensuring long-term relief and improved athletic performance.

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