Sharp shooting pains in the inner side of your shin could be a cause of worry. Indulging in recreational sports or running an extra mile on your very first cardio day at the gym can do more damage than good. The pain that you might experience along the inner edge of your shinbone could be shin splint. The majority of the time when you are feeling shin splints it is the strain of the Tibialis Anterior which is the muscle that lines the inner side of your shin bone. Physical therapy can help you manage and treat this pain in a number of ways.
What is a shin splint?
Shin splint is the instant throbbing pain felt in the inner edge of the shinbone (tibia). The injury is commonly observed in runners as repetitive stress on the shin bone causes it. Repetitive trauma to the muscles surrounding the shin bone through sports that involve running or even sprinting during your regular chores may cause it. Pain caused by shin splints is located in the mid region of your leg next to the shinbone. Shin splints though not a serious injury in the beginning, can lead to a compartment syndrome which can cause permanent deformity and disability.
How is it caused?
The exact cause of shin splints is yet to be discovered, but there are a few contributing factors. A major cause of the injury the excessive stress exerted on the shinbone and the supporting muscles, by activities such as running and dancing. Biomechanical irregularities such as improper foot movements during an aerobic dance or consistent endurance running may also lead to shin splints, which in more severe and untreated cases may lead to stress fractures. Excessive pronation (outward movement) of the feet, running on hard surface or changing surface, tight calf muscles and low flexibility are all causes of shin splints.