Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome

Shin pain is very common, especially in Runners & Athletes as well as Military Personnel. We have outlined some of the different types of shin pain below. If you have Shin pain it is very important to get it diagnosed properly, as soon as you can to help you get back to the activities you love.

Common causes

Do I have Shin Splints?

There are a number of different causes of Shin Pain, including muscle, tendon and bone to name but a few. They are often collectively referred to by the lay term ‘Shin Splints’.

Shin Splints is not really a diagnosis. Northernhay Clinic is a specialist centre for the assessment, diagnosis & treatment of Shin Pain. We can help to give you clarity on what is causing your Shin Pain, and more importantly, what to do about it.

Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome (MTSS)

MTSS involves pain on the inside / front of the shin bone that is brought on by activity. Usually the pain affects the lower third of your shin bone, but the whole of the shin can be affected. It is not always clear what causes MTSS, but we know it can be caused by mechanical factors and overtraining.

Common symptoms

Symptoms vary depending on the type of Shin Pain involved, but some of the most common general symptoms are listed below:

  • Pain along the inside or front of your shin bone (normally the lower half)
  • Pain that you struggle to run through – it can start soon after exercise and progress from an ache to a sharp pain
  • Pain that eases with resting
  • Cramping or tightness in the calf muscles or the front of the Shin
  • Numbness, pins & needles or loss of control into the foot while exercising

If you have been struggling with Shin Pain, our Team can help you to a clear diagnosis and give you advice on the right management strategies, giving you the tools you need to get back to the activities you love.

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