Shin Splints and Knee Pain: Is There a Connection?
Are you experiencing knee pain and shin splints? Read on to learn more about the relationship between these common conditions and how to treat them effectively.
Published April 3, 2023.
Shin splints describe various conditions causing pain and discomfort in the front part of the tibia (shinbone), resulting from the overuse of the surrounding muscles and tendons, and should only cause pain in the shins. Overtraining and inadequate footwear often contribute to this condition, which manifests as top-of-shin pain and mild lower leg swelling.
Can Shin Splints Cause Knee Pain?
While shin splints should only cause pain in the shins, they may sometimes lead to knee pain due to the anatomical relationship between the lower leg muscles and the knee joint. Muscles attaching to the front of the tibia also cross the knee joint. When overworked or fatigued, these muscles can disrupt knee joint alignment and stability, causing pain.
However, several other factors can contribute to knee pain:
- Aging: As we age, the cartilage in the knee joint wears out, potentially leading to knee pain over time.
- Injury: Injuries to structures in and around the knee joint, such as tendons, ligaments, or menisci, can cause knee pain.
- Arthritis: Arthritic conditions like osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and gout can result in knee pain.
- Runner's knee: Also known as patellofemoral pain syndrome, runner's knee causes pain around the patella at the front of the knee.
- Obesity: Excess weight increases the burden on the knees, leading to knee pain.
Say Goodbye to Knee and Shin Pain
Orthotics can not only alleviate existing knee pain and shin splints but also help prevent them. Custom-made insoles provide pain relief by ensuring proper foot alignment, offering tailored arch support, comfort, and optimal energy transfer during motion. Give Upstep's custom orthotics a try and experience the difference they can make in managing shin splints and knee pain.