Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome (Shin Splints)


The milder spring weather can often encourage us to pick up our physical activity or try new exercise routines. However, it's a good idea to slowly ease back into any activity, whatever it may be. This is especially important if you have taken a break or slowed down during the winter season. Pay close attention to your body before, during, and after physical activity. Muscle aches or pains may be normal depending on your routine, but they could also be a sign from your body.

People suffering from Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome (shin splints) will feel pain on the inner border of the shin (medial tibial border) during and following exercise. Most people with shin splints respond to ice, stretching, balance exercises, physiotherapy, and custom foot orthotics to address poor biomechanics. Modifying your activity may be wise to prevent the injury from progressing to a stress fracture.

Common Signs & Symptoms:

  • Shin pain that comes on gradually.
  • Pain on the inner border of the shin.
  • At first the shin pain eases with activity, but aches afterwards.

Treatment Options for Shin Splints

  • Ice after activity
  • Rest or modify your activity
  • Replace worn out athletic shoes
  • Consult with a Pedorthist regarding your gait, biomechanics and footwear
  • Physiotherapy to address muscle tightness and/or weakness
  • Massage therapy for tight calf muscles
  • Chiropractic treatments to improve joint mobility
  • Balance and stability training