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Shin Pain Shin pain and shin splints are characterised as a dull, shooting or sharp pain on the lower part of the leg that starts in the front of the shin or tibia, the larger of the two bones in the lower leg. The pain may be felt up to the knee cap; the areas on the sides of the shin may also feel tender.

Shin splints are often caused by excessive inward rolling of the feet (pronation) during or after a strenuous activity. Normally, the lower legs, knees and thighs rotate internally during walking or running. A person with flat foot or rigid arches rotates exaggeratedly (over-pronation), leading to alignment problems in the legs.

Lightfeet insoles can prevent shin pain by supporting the arch to avoid over-pronation.

What are Shin Splints?

Shin splint, also known as medial tibial stress syndrome (MTSS), is a general term for inflammatory conditions that cause pain along the tibia or shin. The pain may be located in the front part of the shin (anterior shin splint) or along the inside edge of the shin (posterior shin splint).

What causes Shin Splints?

  • Overworked muscles and bone tissues due to too much training or repetitive activities that don’t give enough time for the tissues to recover.
  • Excessive force that accompanies strenuous activities
    • running downhill
    • running with inappropriate or worn-out shoes
    • performing burst intensity exercises
  • Feet deformities - flat-footed individuals and those with abnormally rigid arches may also bring more stress to the lower leg causing shin pain or shin splint. The surrounding tissues and muscles in the tibia may swell, causing the tenderness along the shin.

Treatment for Shin Splints

  • Rest and discontinuing activities that cause pain will give the body enough time to heal. Recovering process may take 2-4 weeks depending on the severity of the case.
  • Shift to other activities that don’t give much stress to the shin such as swimming and cycling.
  • Ice pack can help reduce inflammation and relieve pain. It should be applied for 20 minutes, 3 to 8 times a day.
  • Massage therapy may help reduce pain but make sure not to further damage the tissues by forceful massaging.
  • Anti-inflammatory medications can also help in relieving pain and tenderness. Note that the use of these drugs may be contraindicated to other medication and medical conditions, so proper advise from a doctor is necessary.

Orthotics are foot devices that can support or align deformities in the bony structures of the foot.

Lightfeet insoles balance the foot and prevent misalignment of the leg. It diminishes the stress on the leg muscles and ligaments caused by over-pronation.

Lightfeet design features help to re-align the foot to reduce injury and pain.