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What are shin splints?

Shin splints are generally described as pain in the front of the shins. This pain can be on the inside or outside of the shin bone (tibia). Typically, this pain gets worse with activity (although in early stages it can ease once warmed up, but then bites later!)


There are typically 2 causes.

Calf length: A calf muscle that is too tight can often cause pain on the inside of the tibia. It can sometimes cause pain on the outside shin muscle too as this is the muscle working in opposition to the calf - a sort of tug of war evolves. Rest, reduce loading (impact and calf effort can be reduced on a cross trainer or in the pool) combined with plenty of specific stretching to the group of calf muscles will generally solve shin splints caused by a short calf group. Some strength and balance work for the lower limb will also help with the endurance of the calf group and stability around the ankle. Proper instruction should be sought for these stretches.

Biomechanics: The alignment of your leg and back is influenced by a variety of tensions and lengths of muscle and by your foot position. Some or all of these can be present. Poor biomechanics can lead the outside shin muscle to tug at the outer covering of the tibia and cause pain. Assessment and treatment by an experienced sports physiotherapist is necessary to determine which areas of your leg/body need adjustment. Resting until these symptoms disappear will not fix the cause of the problem. The pains will return once running recommences.


If you seek advice from a specialist sports physiotherapist quickly, you will return to running sooner. Biomechanical assessments and podiatric advice on footwear and Orthotics are available at City Physio. A good running store will help you select the correct trainer type (control or neutral shoes) to suit your biomechanics. Some supportive insole (Orthotics) may also be required.

About City Physio

City Physio has 4 clinics in the centre of Manchester and on Harley Street, London. We have helped clients with injuries ranging from sprained ankles and sore knees to sporting injuries. To book in with one of our experienced physiotherapists call 0844 257 0122

For all those in training for the London Marathon, re-starting triathlon training, Manchester 10k and anyone just running for fun. Make sure you resolve any of your niggles and injuries with a visit to City Physio. We specialize in diagnosis of running related injuries and will aim to keep you running whilst correcting the cause of your problems.

As a client of City Physio you will receive a 10% discount on your running shoes at "Sweatshop" in the Arndale Manchester. Video gait analysis is available at no extra cost.

Sweatshop (www.Sweatshop.co.uk) and City Physio frequently liaise on the run up to major running events. Patrons of both businesses can enjoy mutual 10% discounts at each others store/clinics. Speak to a member of the Physio team for details.
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We Will Rock You, the smash hit musical tribute to Queen has once again rocked Manchester. After a highly successful tour 18 months ago, the show was back in town and packing the punters in over December and January. The production used CityPhysio when it came to town last time and sought us out again to patch up their dancers that had developed any new niggles, aches and pains this time round.

CityPhysio’s proximity and long standing relationship with The Palace Theatre and the Royal Exchange has meant we are a popular choice for the travelling artists that come to town. Company manager Jane Thompson gave CityPhysio’s own Bob Johnson this glowing report when they left town:

"I would be pleased to recommend Bob Johnson for physiotherapy treatment for touring theatre companies. His is a very effective practitioner who gets results."