Shin Splints

Shin Splints are a condition that commonly afflicts runners, dancers as well as other people who are on their feet for extended periods, such as grocery clerks, hair stylists and food/beverage servers. Symptoms include redness and swelling of the ankle, tibial (shinbone) pain, which is exacerbated by prolonged standing, walking or running. Pain can also occur when the patient attempts to bend the foot and toes upward. Some patients also report hearing a creaking sound when moving the foot in an up & down motion.

Shin Splints are the result of the repetitive contraction of the tibialis anterior—meaning the large muscle running along the exterior of the shin muscle, located at the front of leg. This is often due to a biomechanics dysfunction of the foot and knee. Overpronation is a condition in which the foot rolls too far inward, thus causing the arch to flatten and the lower leg to rotate inward. In contrast, over supination of the feet occurs when the foot rolls too far outward upon touching the ground

Treatment for Shin Splints

Effectively treating shin splints requires addressing the cause of the pain at its root. Professional chiropractic treatment can assist in restoring the natural biomechanics of the foot and knee, which reduces the tibialis anterior strain and promotes healing. Custom foot orthotics can also be of benefit, depending on the type and severity of the dysfunction. To accelerate the healing process and achieve complete recovery, Active Release muscle therapy is often implemented to reduce spasm and scar tissue within the muscle. The Active Release Technique (ART) is a patented, ultramodern soft tissue (muscles, ligaments, fascia and nerves) therapeutic treatment designed specifically for cumulative trauma disorders such as Shin Splints.

How it Works

ART is a collaborative therapeutic process in which both doctor and patient assume an active role. Dr. Donath begins each ART session with a practical evaluation of the injury site. Next, the teamwork comes into play: Precise tension is applied while the patient executes specific movements. Upon completing just one ART treatment, many of our clients report a decreased level of pain and increased strength and flexibility. The Active Release Technique (ART) is the optimal method for treating conditions such as Shin Splints.


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