Shin Splints or Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome (MTSS) is a common injury amongst runners.
Like so many of the running injuries we see in clinic every day, Shin Splints is classed as an ‘overuse injury’. It does appear in other sports but is certainly much more prevalent in runners.
SYMPTOMS OF SHIN SPLINTS
In typical cases of Shin Splints, pain is usually felt two-thirds of the way down the shin bone (Tibia), just off the inside edge of the bone. In the early stages of the condition, pain is usually felt at the beginning of a run and then subsides during the training session itself. Commonly, symptoms also tend to reduce a few minutes after a run session has finished.
As the injury gets worse the pain can be felt when walking and at rest.
It is often painful when direct pressure is applied to the inside border of the tibia. Occasionally some swelling can be present.