What is it?
Medial Tibial Stress Fracture is characterised by a small micro-fracture in the outer cortex of the shin bone (Tibia). Although stress fractures can occur anywhere along the Tibia, they are most commonly seen along the medial (inner) border. Symptoms of a stress fracture are similar but not identical to those of shin splints.
The most common symptoms are:
- shin pain that never warms up (opposite to shin splints)
- night pain (not present in shin splints)
- focal point of pain (as opposed to a diffuse area of the Tibia).
The Stress fractures most commonly affect the lower 1/3 of the medial border of the Tibia.