Shin and calf pain is common in athletes who have started a new fitness program, or even changed up their regular routine.
If you are experiencing shin and calf pain, chances are that you have dysfunction in the surrounding muscles and fascia. Our therapy techniques can help you address your pain effectively, so that you can get back to the activities you enjoy.
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Shin Splints are an overuse condition producing chronic exertional shin pain in the leg. This condition is common among the athletic population, affecting dancers, runners, aerobics athletes, and others who engage in activities requiring repetitive loading of the lower extremity. A dropped or fallen medial longitudinal arch can impair the shock‐absorbing capabilities of the foot. Many fascial soft tissues play important roles in maintaining the longitudinal arch of the foot and helping in shock absorption, including the intrinsic foot muscles, the plantar fascia, tarsal ligaments, and leg muscles such as the tibialis posterior. Additional facial soft‐tissue supports include the deltoid ligament and calcaneonavicular ligament, also called the spring ligament. Of these muscles, the tibialis posterior is considered the primary dynamic structural support for the arch. When other support fascial tissues are weakened, even greater load is placed on the tibialis posterior in order to maintain the arch. Fatigue and dysfunction of this muscle is a common cause of shin splints, stress fractures, and plantar fascitis.
Cramps often occur because of dehydration, nutritional deficiencies, and repetitive stress. Unnecessary stress is placed on the calves by wearing bad shoes, walking/running on uneven or hard surfaces. Muscle imbalances and dysfunction are also major contributors to cramps.