Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome
(MTSS; Shin Splints; Medial Distal Tibial Syndrome, MDTS; Medial Tibial Syndrome; Stress-Related Anterior Lower Leg Pain; Spike Soreness)
|Muscle and Bones of Lower Leg|
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- Repetitive activity like running, tennis, basketball
- Bone strain
- Chronic compartment syndrome
- Poor footwear
- Shin pain at a very specific point
- Pain when running
- Pain when bearing weight on the leg
- Pain after changing workout intensity or running surface
- Symptoms do not go away with rest
- Nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
- Crutches may be given for severe pain
- Arch supports and shock-absorbing insoles may be recommended
- When you feel better, slowly return to normal activities. Increase your activity level over several weeks.
- Wear shock-absorbing insoles when running or during other high-impact exercise.
- Stretch before and after exercising.
- When starting a new sport or increasing your workout, do so gradually.
- Choose footwear that is best for the activity and your foot.
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons http://www.aaos.org
The American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine http://www.sportsmed.org/
American Physical Therapists Association http://www.apta.org
Canadian Medical Association http://www.cma.ca/
Canadian Orthopaedic Association http://www.coa-aco.org/
Canadian Orthopaedic Foundation http://www.canorth.org/
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- Reviewer: Rosalyn Carson-DeWitt, MD
- Update Date: 09/26/2011 -
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