Woman holding onto her painful left calfWhat is it? Shin splints is a pain at the front of the lower leg, running down the shin.

Common Cause: Shin splints usually results from inflammation of the sheath surrounding the tibia (the largest bone in the bottom of the leg).

Common Symptoms: Pain can radiate down the front of the lower leg and this increases when the foot and toes are bent downwards, and is usually worse during and after activity.

How can Physiotherapy help? It can reduce pain and inflammation associated with shin splints and identify any movement dysfunctions, improve flexibility in the surrounding muscles and regain function.

What to expect during treatment: Soft tissue massage, movement assessment and education on correct movement patterns.

What can you do for yourself? Rest, Ice in the early stages of recovery, stretch the surrounding muscles and keep active.