It is pain that runs along the shinbone, the long bone in the front of your lower leg (called the tibia). Shin splints aren’t’t a single medical condition. Instead, it’s a symptom of an underlying problem. The pain is the result of an overload on the shinbone and the connective tissues that attach your muscles to the bone.
The causes are varied: flat feet, running, dancing, increased intensity of training, stress fractures (tiny hairline breaks in the bone), and a change of training surface (i.e., track to asphalt) can all be causes.
Often called a “pulled” muscle, a strain occurs when the muscle fibers or tendons are stretched or torn. This condition can occur during any physical activity where you push off forcefully from your toes. It may occur in running, jumping, or lunging.
Your shin and/or calf pain can get worse if left untreated, call now to schedule an appointment with one of our physical therapists and see how we can help you! (480) 963-2400