This is another condition I see quite often and is typical in runners who increase their volume too quickly without appropriate rest periods. It is often described as pain along the inside of the shin or back of the calf and is felt both during and after runs. It can be further classified as either anterior or posterior shinspints depending on which muscle is injured. With either condition, shinsplints should not be run through, especially if the pain lingers after running as this can actually lead to a stress fracture. If pain begins, take a few days of rest and reduce the training volume or distance. Backing off and giving this condition rest in the early phases is essential to reduce the severity. When reintroducing volume the 10% rule is helpful. Never increase your volume/intensity by more than 10% per week.
What you can do:
- Ice the area when painful
- Limit your running volume/intensity and implement the 10% rule
- Especially seek out a health professional if you find it difficult to walk or jump
Some Of What Active Approach Can Do For You
- Assess the need for further imaging under the suspicion of fracture
- Modalities including Low Level Laser Therapy to help modulate pain and speed up healing time
- Provide soft tissue techniques such as ART
- Provide Graston and Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilizations
- Assess gait and your need for orthotics
- Provide ankle and foot adjustments to help gait biomechanics
- Provide Acupuncture to assist with healing and muscular changes
- Prescribe specific rehabilitation exercises
- Athletic taping
It should be noted that gait assessments early in the season may also be warranted. Pain free does not always mean you do not have any biomechanical or compensatory patterns and by addressing these before high volume training we can help prevent future issues.
In closing there are a vast number of injuries you may experience while training. It is essential to get a proper diagnosis and treatment plan to ensure you decrease your healing time and get back to training as quickly as possible. We are here to help you achieve your training goals and keep you pain free! Should you have any further questions feel free to book a consultation with one of our many qualified professionals at Active Approach Health and Wellness Centre.
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