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Anterior shin splints in more detail

 

Most textbooks only describe the above problem but podiatric practitioners dealing with lower limb musculo skeletal disorders regularly come across patients with similar symptoms but affecting the outside part of the lower leg. These are known as anterior shin splints and are almost as common as the posterior shin splints. These are caused by inflammation of the insertion of the  second decelerator of the foot, namely tibialis anterior. Like posterior shin splints pain is felt on palpation (touching) and when walking/running but crucially pain is felt on the other side of the shin bone (on the outer part of the leg). Again pain will not be felt when touching the bone itself.