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The Mystery Behind the Pain of Shin Splints: PART III Posterolateral Shin Splints

Posted Mar 10 2011 10:58am
The other type of shin splints is called Posteromedial Shin Splints. These affect the muscles in the back and inner part of the leg. The back and inner parts of the lower leg are responsible for lifting the heel just before the toes push off. If your shoes don’t give you enough support and your feet roll inward, these types of shin splints can react. Also, running on uneven surfaces and banked surfaces can cause this.

Where does one feel the pain of a posteromedial shin splint?

The pain starts along the inside of the lower leg 1 inch to 8 inches above the ankle, and gets worse with a runner who rolls his/her ankles or rises up on his/her toes. Running makes the pain worse and the pain can move into the inner ankle, extending into the shin to within 2-4 inches of the knee. The pain can progressively get worse. Eventually, the muscles themselves can be affected, even pulling the inflamed tendon from the attachment to the bone. This can cause bleeding and more inflammation.

Stay Tuned for Part IV: Treatment for Posterolateral Shin Splints

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Source: The Merck Manual of Medical Info

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