Childhood Diseases

Posted by: jnet | 2008/11/11


7 yr old with pain in shin

Hi Doc
wonder if you have any advise. My seven yr old complains about pain in her right shin. its been on an off since about four yrs old and at that time a scan was done and nothing was found. Do I go for another one ?? It was mostly and night before now its at any time of the day.

Expert's Reply



This condition known as shin splints is usually caused by athletic activity. It seems to be quite different with your daughter as it has gone on for a long time. Occasionally a stress fracture of the tibia is the cause but that seems to have been ruled out. Other causes include flat feet and wearing shoes with insufficient arch supports.It is such a significant problem for your daughter that I would suggest that she see a orthopaedic specialist, preferably one who regularly treats children.

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