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My friend Sondra recently ran a 5K race on a very cold morning. So when we got together recently, I asked her how the race went. She told me that she now has shin splints, which she credits to not having stretched immediately prior to the race.
So that got me thinking - what exactly are shin splints? According to the Mayo Clinic , this term “refers to pain along or just behind the shinbone (tibia) — the large bone in the front of your lower leg. Medically known as medial tibial stress syndrome, shin splints occur during physical activity and result from too much force being placed on your shinbone and connective tissues that attach your muscles to the bone.”
Shin splints are caused by a sudden increase in distance or intensity of a workout schedule. MedicineNet.com noted that a person’s tendency to pronate the foot – which means rolling it excessively inward onto the arch. Additionally, weak ankle muscles or a too-tight Achilles tendon ma...
Alternative Names Lower leg pain; Pain - shins; Anterior tibial pain; Medial tibial stress syndrome; MTSS; Exercise-induced leg pain; Tibial periostitis; Posterior tibial shin splints Prevention References Carr K, Sevetson E, Aukerman D. Clinical inquiries. How can you help athletes prevent and treat shin splints? J Fam Pract . 2008;57:406-408. Bederka B, Amendola A. Leg pain and exertional compartment syndromes. In: DeLee JC, Drez D, Jr., Miller MD, eds. DeLee and Drez's Orthopaedic Sports Medicine . 3rd ed. Philadelphia, Pa. Saunders Elsevier;2009:chap 24.
Question: I had a total knee replacement on the right knee on 17 January 2006, fractured a tibia in July of 2006. I was immobilized in a brace for two weeks, then a full cast for full weeks. The pain and swelling is daily, and my quality of life is affected. Are these kinds of complications common for total knee replacements? Should I expect the pain and problems to continue? Answer: Tibia fracture following knee replacement is distinctly unusual, and not usually regarded as a complication of arthroplasty . Speak with your physician about coexisting osteoporosis as it is unlikely to experience lower extremity fracture with weight-bearing in the postoperative setting. Another suggestion as something to discuss with your physician is pathologic fracture in the setting of malignancy. Although quite unlikely, when one has coexisting cancer of bone (primary or spread from another source); fracture with minimal exertion is not uncommon. Please be sure to speak with your physician ...
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