Leg

Treatments targeted at specific conditions.

Shin Splints

Muscle tension at the periosteum of the tibia (sheath surrounding the bone) can lead to tension, inflammation, and tenderness at the front and side of the shin bone. It’s usually caused by overuse.

How to tell if you have Shin Splints

  • Cramp-like pain
  • The calves and thighs are most commonly affected
  • The pain occurs after a lot of running around or a

Medial Meniscus Injury

The medial meniscus acts as a shock absorber and a crescent shape between the shin bone and the thigh bone, which allows the bones to fit together well. It tends to get injured when there has been a sudden impact on the knee caused by twisting, or it can gradually be damaged over time through wear and tear. An orthopaedic test (McMurray’s and Apley’s) can be done to determine if this is the cause of pain and swelling.

How to tell if you have a Medial Meniscus Injury

  • Pain and the shin swells up within a couple of days of impact
  • It’s difficult to put any weight on the leg
  • The knee locks

Growing Pains

Affecting up to 45 per cent of youngsters, growing pains tend to hit between the ages of seven and 12. The muscles and not the bones cause them. One hypothesis is that a child’s bones grow rapidly during a ‘growth spurt’. The muscles surrounding these bones struggle to keep up with the speed of the bone growth and, therefore, as they are stretched, become very tight. They pull on their attachments via their tendons, which can be very painful and sometimes result in conditions such as Osgood Schlatters. Growing pains tend to make themselves known after a day of heavy exertion.

Although they are fairly common and can be painful and distressing, growing pains will not cause long-term damage.

How to tell if you have Growing Pains

  • Cramp-like pain
  • The calves and thighs are most commonly affected
  • The pain occurs after a lot of running around or a busy day.