Shin splints treatment??
Hello, a 32 year old female friend of mine has complain of pain in the lower limb of approximately 5 months. She informs the Sports Podiatrist that she runs 5 days in every week, covering 5-7 km’s each run and has felt a gradual increase in symptoms over this 20 week period. She is training for a half marathon and covers a kilometer in approximately 4 minutes. She has never had Shin Splints before but has suffered with a lateral calf strain in her right leg. Over the last 3 weeks, she reports that these Shin Splints type symptoms have been apparent throughout day, with regular walking. She informs the Sports Podiatrist that the only thing that is different about her training is a change in the model of her running shoes. She has always ran in the Asics Gel Kayano, but decided to try a lighter, more minimal shoe and so she changed to an Asics DS Racer. Within a few weeks of using the new Asics, her Shin Splints started to develop and within the first KM of running her legs would hurt. Please let me know the treatment options for shin splints.
@minnu She must stop using the Asics DS Trainer running shoes, and revert back to a stronger shoe. In order to control her over pronation, and to treat her flat feet / Shin Splints, it would be important to use prescription orthotics. Using a digital 3D foot scanner, the patient’s feet needs to be scanned and measured for Carbon Fibre, lightweight orthotics. These would have soft EVA top covers and slow release pronation for cushioning. The orthotics would be designed with rear foot control to correct the over pronation while offering gentle arch support. This would allow the Shin Splints to settle by unloading the Tibialis Posterior muscles and tendons. Ice packs needs to be continued daily until the Shin Splints is settled completely. The patient should refrain from running for the time being.