The therapeutic treatment approach for disabling shin splints.
E.B.; a 15 year old male patient and elite level soccer player complained of pain in both lower legs that was tolerable when walking but “disabling” the moment he tried to run. This made paying soccer impossible. My examination found damaged/fibrotic/inflammation of the soft tissue that was consistent with “shin splints,” caused by poor foot mechanics.
I employed a three-fold approach to address the issues:
- I provided him with BioPods Stimsoles to therapeutically correct the poor foot mechanics and advised him to use them at all times in soft, flexible, loosely laced footwear.
- I therapeutically broke down the fibrotic tissue using ultrasound.
- I used gentle dorsiflexion muscle rehabilitation.
After 6 weeks of therapy and Stimsole use, the pain disappeared and he returned to playing competitive soccer, with his coach commenting on his improved lateral quickness. There has been no recurrence in over 2 years.