Localized pain on the shin is quite common among runners and joggers. In medical language, these pains are due to shin splints and manifest as typical shin pain triggered when running. The pain is usually located on the inner edge of the tibia. Rest and homeopathy will help you get rid of it.
Shin splints are triggered by running or even prolonged walking and are relieved by rest. It gets progressively worse and quickly limits the mileage of the runner.
The involvement is frequently bilateral (50% of cases) but is often greater on one tibia than the other. In advanced forms, the pain can even appear when walking, uphill then flat. The runner often makes the diagnosis himself, because this pain is known to everyone in the middle of the race.
Shin splints: the triggers
The periosteum is a tissue that covers the surface of the bone, it is rich in nerves and vessels and merges with the attachments of the muscles to the bone. During excessive and repeated traction on the tibial insertion areas of the posterior tibial muscle, the area will become painful. Running on hard ground, overtraining, lack of recovery, unsuitable shoes and morphostatic disorders of the lower limbs (stiffness of the arch of the foot, flat foot valgus, running in external hip rotation, genu valgum or genu varum) are responsible of the majority of tibial periostitis. The pain is often improved initially by wearing suitable corrective insoles.
Recognizing shin splints
The examination to decide on the origin of the pain is quite simple: sensitivity to gentle palpation awakens a very sharp pain 10 to 12 cm high. The palpation of the bone and its percussion make it possible to eliminate a stress fracture of the tibia, the palpation of which is extremely punctual. Above all: the pain of periostitis is vertical while the pain of stress fracture is horizontal.
Treatment of shin splints
Shin splints are debilitating for the runner, they must be taken care of at an early stage to avoid complications. If the pain reappears, it’s because something is wrong: bad running technique, overtraining, unsuitable shoes… You have to act accordingly to identify and correct the factors involved.
Symptomatic treatment is based on sports rest (from 10 days to 2 months depending on the severity on average 1 month), cold applications, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) in short courses and local applications may be indicated as well as anti-inflammatory physiotherapy with a physiotherapist (pulsed waves, ionizations, etc.).
The best treatment is preventive treatment (adjustment of running time, plantar correction, suitable shoes, running on soft ground).
And above all, progressiveness in training and respect for recovery periods.
The contribution of homeopathy to eliminate tibial periostitis
As soon as the pain appears, take:
Ruta graveolens 5 CH: 5 granules three times a day for 1 month
Symphytum 5 CH: 5 granules three times a day for 1 month
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