What are Shin Splints?
People who do a lot of running will often complain of ‘shin splints’ which is a general term for any pain experienced in the shin. There are several different conditions which can cause shin pain and it’s important to get a correct diagnosis, as each condition is treated differently.
Shin splint conditions include tibial stress fractures, medial tibial stress syndrome, chronic exertional compartment syndrome and injuries to the tibialis anterior muscle. Except for sudden strains to the tibialis anterior muscle, these conditions are all classified as overuse injuries, which means that they occur as a result of excessive load on the structures involved. This excessive load can arise from increasing training volume too quickly, using footwear that is inappropriate or worn, or running with incorrect biomechanics.