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Shin Splints



The term “shin splints” refers to a condition where one experiences pain along the shinbone (tibia) — the large bone in the front of your lower leg. Patients complain about a dull aching pain on the medial side of the shinbone and once it starts, any physical activity tends to aggravate it. “Medial shin splits” is medically known as medial tibial stress syndrome.

Shin splints occur during physical activity and result from too much force being placed on your shinbone and connective tissues that attach your muscles to the bone. When the foot over-pronates, the tendon of the tibialis posterior is pulled upon excessively. Due to this excessive stretching, the small pain fibers of the periosteum are torn away causing pain and inflammation.

Shin splints are common in runners and in those who participate in activities with sudden stops and starts, such as basketball, football or tennis.

Podiapro’s orthotic insoles correct excessive pronation of the feet and thus reduce the excessive stretching of the tibialis posterior, the central of all leg muscles. They also reduce stress on tibialis anterior thus providing relief to patients of anterior shin splits as well.

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