Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome
The goal of treatment is to manage symptoms and promote healing. Rest will be needed for several weeks. Other choices are:
- Supportive care, such as cold packs, bandages, and elevating the leg
- Medicines to ease pain and swelling
- Supportive shoes, a brace, or a walking boot to take pressure off the shin as it heals
- Physical therapy to help with strength, flexibility, and range of motion in the lower leg
People who do not get better with these methods may need surgery. This is not common.
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a (Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome, MTSS; Medial Distal Tibial Syndrome, MDTS; Medial Tibial Syndrome; Stress-Related Anterior Lower Leg Pain; Spike Soreness)
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