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Leg Pain

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Common leg pain conditions, symptoms and treatments are outlined below:

Shin Splints (click to open/close)

Overview

This is a common injury, affecting the anterior (front) compartment of the lower leg- the shin. Anyone can be affected, but it is more common in people who engage in running, sports or increased activities. Whilst colloquially referred to as shin splints, the more accurate term is MTSS- medial tibial stress syndrome.

Shin splints are characterised by pain in the lower part of the leg, the lower 2/3rds, between the knee and the ankle. This pain generally increases with increased duration of intensity of running and jumping activities, and ends when the exercise stops or can decrease as you warm up. Injuries are caused by repeated trauma to the connective muscle tissue surrounding the shin, however there is not normally a single traumatic event involved. Ignoring this injury may result in a more serious condition such as a stress fracture of the bones or compartment syndrome.

Symptoms include:

  • Pain, palpable tenderness, swelling and a recurring dull ache
  • History of prolonged activity or exercise after a period of inactivity.

To diagnose this condition and identify the painful structure and likely causative factors, we will conduct an in-depth assessment, including:

  • Thorough history
  • Strength and range of motion testing
  • Biomechanical and gait assessment
  • Evaluation of work, leisure activities and training programs that may exacerbate the condition
  • Evaluation of footwear
  • Referral for appropriate imaging (x-ray, ultrasound, MRI, CT etc.) especially if there are concerns of a stress fracture.

Treatment

Treatments for shin splints include:

  • Anti-inflammatory medication
  • RICE – Rest (a couple of weeks or up to three months for severe cases), Ice, Compression, Elevation
  • Decrease duration or intensity of exercise and build it up slowly, as well as exercise caution on high impact surfaces, until the muscles re-condition
  • Physical therapy modalities such as ultrasound, extracorporeal shock wave therapy, whirlpool baths, phonophoresis, augmented soft tissue mobilisation, electrical stimulation
  • Stretching and strengthening exercises
  • Injection therapies such as acupuncture, prolotherapy and cortisone
  • Footwear with sufficient shock-absorbing soles
  • Orthotics to control biomechanical problems such as pronation.
Compartment Syndrome

Overview

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To diagnose this condition and identify the painful structure and likely causative factors, we will conduct an in-depth assessment, including:

  • Thorough history
  • Strength and range of motion testing
  • Biomechanical and gait assessment
  • Evaluation of work, leisure activities and training programs that may exacerbate the condition
  • Evaluation of footwear
  • Referral for appropriate imaging (x-ray, ultrasound, MRI, CT etc.).

Treatment

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Muscle Strains

Overview

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To diagnose this condition and identify the painful structure and likely causative factors, we will conduct an in-depth assessment, including:

  • Thorough history
  • Strength and range of motion testing
  • Biomechanical and gait assessment
  • Evaluation of work, leisure activities and training programs that may exacerbate the condition
  • Evaluation of footwear
  • Referral for appropriate imaging (x-ray, ultrasound, MRI, CT etc.).

Treatment

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Deep Vein Thrombosis

Overview

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To diagnose this condition and identify the painful structure and likely causative factors, we will conduct an in-depth assessment, including:

  • Thorough history
  • Strength and range of motion testing
  • Biomechanical and gait assessment
  • Evaluation of work, leisure activities and training programs that may exacerbate the condition
  • Evaluation of footwear
  • Referral for appropriate imaging (x-ray, ultrasound, MRI, CT etc.).

Treatment

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Peripheral Arterial Disease

Overview

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To diagnose this condition and identify the painful structure and likely causative factors, we will conduct an in-depth assessment, including:

  • Thorough history
  • Strength and range of motion testing
  • Biomechanical and gait assessment
  • Evaluation of work, leisure activities and training programs that may exacerbate the condition
  • Evaluation of footwear
  • Referral for appropriate imaging (x-ray, ultrasound, MRI, CT etc.).

Treatment

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