Shin splint is a painful condition that affects leg muscles, mostly front and outer side of the leg muscles. The main source of the pain is the inflammation and irritation of the muscle and the fascia of the shin bone. The main cause of the shin splint is the imbalance of the muscles which is caused by having improper arch length and height.
If the arch of the foot is too low, flat, or too high, this can cause dysfunction, imbalance and instability of the foot, ankle, knees and the soft tissues, muscle, tendons and ligaments, in between.
Due to this dysfunction, some muscles overwork and some do not function as they should.
We find this condition more amongst runners. The symptoms are soreness, pain, achy feeling and tightness along the front and outside of the legs. However, one side can be more symptomatic than the other.
Shin splints can be treated in various ways. However, before treatment, one must investigate and find the cause and source of the condition. The diagnosis is the most important part of any treatment.
The most effective treatment is correcting the foot arch imbalance using custom foot orthotics. By correcting the arch height, we are able to remove tremendous stress, pressure, and instability from the feet, ankle, and knees. This will help in recovery and/or prevention of this condition.
After being fitted with custom foot orthotics, we need to address the soft tissues. This can be done by myofascia therapy, rolling, and stretching. The procedure is painful but highly worth it!
The best method of making the custom foot orthotics is 3D laser imaging scan, plaster molding and foam boxes. The chiropractor will do the necessary consultation, examination, gait scan analysis of the feet and a 3D laser imaging scan of the feet to be sent to the laboratory to be processed and the custom foot orthotics will be manufactured.
The other supplementary activities the one can do for ease the plantar fasciitis pain and soreness is stretching and rolling the arch of the foot. Your chiropractor will show the proper exercise and stretches.