Shin Splints in Southend-on-Sea & Leigh-on-Sea, Essex

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Shin Splints

We offer advice and treatment for shin splints in Southend at The Body Matters. Treatments are available from our clinic based in Leigh-on-Sea, Southend, Essex. We also offer telephone & online support and remote consultations.

What are shin splints?

Shin splints are a broad term to cover different types of pain you would get in your shin area. Shin splints, or medial tibial stress syndrome (MTSS), is most common in runners or soldiers, but that’s not to say everyone else is immune. The causes of MTSS can be found in tennis, badminton, football, and basketball, even if you simply walk in shoes for long periods.

What causes shin splints?

Shin Splints can occur for a number of reasons. Running on a hard surface such as long-distance running on a road surface applies constant impact on the body. This can cause inflammation in the lower leg muscles on its own. Overuse of your lower leg muscles can also play a part, so even if you’re running on sand or grass if you do too much you can’t be ruled out.

Tightness in your calves can be a reason for MTSS to flare up too; when your calves are tight that means your anterior leg muscles need to work extra hard to maintain that foot-lifting action when walking or running, fighting against the resistance from the calves.

Also, you should consider improper footwear. If you have recently bought new running trainers and suddenly get pain in your shins, rethink the trainers you’ve bought. They may not match your running style and encourage a heavier impact. Or maybe your trainers are worn out.

How long does it take to recover from shin splints?

Recovery time for shin splints varies depending on the severity of the injury and the individual's response to treatment. In general, mild cases may resolve within a few weeks with rest and conservative measures, while more severe cases may take several months to heal completely.

Can I still exercise with shin splints?

Exercising with shin splints can exacerbate pain and prolong recovery. It's advisable to avoid high-impact activities like running or jumping that aggravate symptoms. Opt for low-impact exercises such as swimming or cycling as they may be more tolerable during this time without worsening the condition. Focus on activities that don't strain the shin muscles excessively. If pain persists during exercise, it's crucial to stop and rest. Continuing to push through pain can lead to further injury and delay healing. Consult a professional at The Body Matters for guidance on modifying your exercise routine and incorporating rehabilitation exercises to aid recovery from shin splints.

Should I ice or heat shin splints?

Ice therapy is usually recommended for shin splints, especially during the acute phase when inflammation is present. Applying ice packs to the affected area for 15-20 minutes several times a day can help reduce pain and swelling. Heat therapy is generally not recommended during the acute phase but may be beneficial during the later stages of recovery to promote blood flow and relax tight muscles.

How do I stop shin splints?

The first mode of treatment would be to see a qualified sports injury therapist. Getting a detailed assessment of your injury to be certain it is MTSS would serve you well in knowing how to manage it on a day-to-day basis. You could expect to have some massage on the lower leg muscles to reduce any tension such as the calf problem mentioned earlier, you would most likely be given some cold therapy toward the end, possibly some taping and strapping for pain relief and assistance in circulation to the injured area, and no doubt you will be given some heavy advice and homework to take with you and rehabilitate your injury at home.

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The Body Matters clinic is currently open, by appointment only, with safe distancing and hygiene measures in place. We would love for you to continue using our services during this period.

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We continue to offer remote consultations (if required) to provide our services without physical interaction.

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