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what’s a shin splint

Jan 11th, 2014

Seeta asked The Guru for the following Physiotherapy Advice:

What is a shin splint? What do I have to do about the shin splints?

Jan 11th, 2014

The Guru Responded:

Hi Seeta
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In the most basic terms it pain along the front (and slightly inside) of your shin.
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It’s painful during or after exercise and to touch. It may be pudgy and a bit crunchy.
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It’s often associated with poor foot mechanics/shoes or related to stiff calf muscles and poor foot/leg control.
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Try stretching your calf, icing and get the right shoes – often the shoe can be too stiff or give too much control. Stay away from things that make your shins painful until you’ve given the above a good blast.
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If no real change in 2 – 3 weeks, go get some help.

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