|Orthotics made using the GaitScan system can help to support the foot and prevent abnormal motion that can be the underlying cause of Shin Splints. Pain on the inside of the tibia (shin) is commonly referred to as ‘shin splints’. When this condition is unresponsive to treatment, there may be an underlying biomechanical weakness in the foot, which will benefit from custom Chiropractic orthotic therapy.
There is a long tendon that runs along the back and medial (inside) aspect of the tibia called the posterior tibialis. This tendon then passes behind the inside ankle bone (medial malleolus), and underneath the foot arch, with several attachments onto the underside of the bones of the foot, allowing it to support the arch like a stirrup.
When the foot arch over-pronates and collapses excessively, there is an overstretching of the posterior tibialis muscle and tendon. This causes pain, particularly in the lower third of the tibia where the tendon attaches.
This injury is most prevalent in long distance runners, but is also common in other sports, especially those that involve jumping. As with plantar fasciitis, if an athlete develops this condition for the very first time following abrupt changes to training surface or methods, it will respond readily to standard treatment.
However, if the condition is unresponsive to treatment, or recurs subsequently, there may well be an underlying biomechanical weakness in the foot, which will benefit from orthotic treatment.