Shin splints, AKA medial stress syndrome, is categorised by a variable intensity of diffused pain on the inside of the lower leg/shin. Shin splints usually show themselves the night after exercising or the next morning - exercise usually decreases the pain of shin splints as you warm up.
Shin splints oftentimes can develop into a stress fracture. Stress fractures are localised, acute or sharp pain that gets worse as you exercise.
A physio will help you determine what the cause is of this stress reaction. Some common causes include:
- Overload: how much exercise/sport you are undertaking
- Change in exercise type/load
- Type of shoes
- Strength and control
- Muscle flexibility (ie. calf tightness)
If you are experiencing shin pain please reach out to a Physiotherapist to help you develop a plan to help you get back to exercise pain free.
☎️ 6352 3131
Kids who are involved with sport often experience knee pain related to the tracking of the knee cap and/or growing pain underneath the knee cap.
To help this:
- strengthen muscles of the inner quads
- stretch the hamstrings
- get the correct shoes (we often recommend ASICS)
Kids with heel pain? This is generally correlated with an increase in activity and/or growth spurts. Often the diagnosis of this is Sever’s Disease. This is a common cause of heel pain, particularly in young and physically active people. Between the ages of 8 and 14 years the leg bones experience a period of growth. This may lead to heel pain during or after physical activity.
So what can be done to help settle this pain?
- Relative rest; you don’t need to stop everything, but you want to reduce activity levels
- Foam rolling/Calf stretches; be careful not to over-stretch though! Seek advice from a Physio if you have any concerns/questions in regards to this
- Supportive shoes
If these simple steps don’t help, it may be worthwhile to have a chat with one of our Physios here at Tablelands Physio for some professional advice (02) 6352 3131, or your local Physiotherapist.