Shin Splints

Shin splints is the common name often given to pain at the front of the lower leg. Usually symptoms occur at the front inside of the shin bone but can arise from a number of causes.


  • Pain over the inside lower part of the tibia or shin bone.
  • There may be pain at the start of exercise which often eases as the session continues only to come back worse later in the training session or afterwards.
  • Symptoms are often worse the next morning.
  • Swelling or lumps and bumps felt along the inside of the bone.
  • Pain may also be triggered when the toes and foot are bent downwards.
  • Occasionally in severe cases reddening of the skin over the inside of the leg from inflammation may be seen.

What is shin splints?

Shin splints is a common term which can include a number of diagnosis or causes and is not an actual injury or diagnosis in itself. It is the name athletes often give to pain along the inside of the shin bone.

 Risk factors

Over training or overuse is the most likely cause, however a number of factors can increase the likelihood of this occurring.


Treatment for shin splints involves reducing pain and inflammation, identifying and correcting training and biomechanical problems and restoring muscles to their original condition.

We will design a 2 phase rehabilitation programme for you to help your injury and to also prevent it from happening again.

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