The two injuries are very alike, and this is what causes a confusing overlap between the two. A simple way to destining between the two is that a tendon attaches a muscle to bone whereas a ligament attaches bone to bone.
Lower Leg Injuries
Tweet Shin splints, medically known as Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome (MTSS) if bone related and Exertional Compartment Syndrome (ECS) if muscle related is a common injury in runners, the causes are widely debated however studies suggest a combination of methods to help treat and prevent this injury. Bone related shin pain is far more common than muscular shin pain and is the result of three variables; body mechanics, extent of activity and bone density. Body mechanics refers to your foot type, foot strike and stride, and body composition all of... Read More
Tweet Tight calf muscle symptoms tend to come on gradually and get worse while exercising (often during running). Sometime they will improve during the run, and other times only improve when the muscles cool down. This is a common problem in athletes particularly runners. The reasons for the calf muscles tightening up vary from person to person, but may include biomechanical problems such as over pronation, muscle imbalances elsewhere placing extra strain on the calf or conditions such as compartment syndrome. Treatment The treatment of tight calf muscles should focus... Read More
TweetWhat Are Shin Splints? Shin splints is a pain experienced in the front of the lower leg or shin. Shin splints are common among runners and those who put weight on their legs during extended physical activity. Shin Splints Symptoms People who are suffering from shin splints often experience acute pain down the front of the lower leg, along the Tibia. These symptoms can be really painful, resulting in swelling or the inability to complete an exercise, this pain can last for as much as a few weeks. Medial Tibial Stress... Read More
Tweet SUMMARY Causes Overuse injury common in running and jumping activities Poor biomechanics Tightness in the calf muscles Poor footwear Symptoms Sudden pain in the inner part of the shin Pain when resuming activity Inability to bear weight on the injury Swelling and inflammation Aching and stiffness Treatment RICE method Anti-inflammatory medication Strengthening and stretching exercises What are Shin Splints? Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome (shin splints) occurs when the connective tissue that connects muscle to the shin bone (tibia) becomes damaged or inflamed due to excessive strain or force being... Read More
Tweet SUMMARY Causes Overuse injury common in running activities Poor biomechanics such as pronation or supination Increased activity levels Symptoms Pain and tightness at the front of the lower leg Pain when resuming activity Weakness, aching and stiffness in the area Lumps or thickness in the area of pain Treatment Rest Physiotherapy Deep Tissue Massage Posture evaluation Surgery in extreme cases What is a Compartment Syndrome? Compartment syndrome occurs when swelling of the muscles in the lower leg causes increased pressure in the tissues. This increased pressure appears as a... Read More
TweetWhat Is A Calf Strain? A calf strain is an injury that occurs when the muscle at the back of the lower leg becomes damaged or inflamed due to excessive strain or force being placed on the calf muscle. Causes Sudden large force or pressure to the calf Overuse injury common in running and jumping activities Excessive acceleration from stationary and lunging Insufficient warm up exercise Symptoms Sudden pain in the calf muscle Pain when resuming activity Inability to bear weight on the injury Swelling and inflammation Aching and stiffness... Read More