Shin & Calf Pain Treatments

You’ll soon be joining in the shindig again!


“I have persistent lower leg pain in my shin”; “I get calf pain after exercising”; “My Achilles’ tendon hurts”. We hear these statements frequently when people come to Norfolk’s BxClinic seeking Achilles, shin and calf pain treatment.

Shin splints (shin bone pain), calf pain and Achilles tendon problems are frequently caused by increasing your activity levels too quickly, significantly increasing demand on muscles, or inappropriate footwear. These conditions commonly, but not exclusively, affect sports participants, particularly runners and jumping sports. Pain relief is often achieved through total rest. However, if your pain persists then you almost certainly have an underlying biomechanical problem (malfunctioning lower body synchronisation). Shin splint, calf and Achilles pain and other shin and calf conditions are a common consequence of poor biomechanics.

Norfolk’s BxClinic provides biomechanics expertise. Using foot pressure analysis, we will find the underlying cause of your shin and calf pain and provide relief through acupuncture treatment, exercises or orthotics as appropriate. Take a look at these treatment pages to see how they will help to rid you of your pain.


  • The muscles in the shin and calf do a remarkably hard job. They connect the knee and ankle like a lever and a hinge, enabling us to move in all directions. Given this constant pressure, it is not surprising that sometimes parts break down.

    At BxClinic in Norwich, we often use chronic pain acupuncture for shin and calf pain treatment to provide acute pain relief. Acupuncture stimulates acupuncture points on the body reducing stress on the tissue that speeds healing.

    Shin acupuncture is good for runners and walkers prone to shin splints as it quickly loosens tight muscles bringing pain relief. Calf muscle acupuncture works well on tight calves affecting people who exercise intensively. Calf acupuncture is also beneficial for calf cramp. Once your pain is under control, we carry out gait analysis to discover the underlying cause of your problem and prescribe treatment for pain elimination or long-term pain management.

Orthoses for Shin & Calf Pain

  • Shin splints, Achilles tendonitis and calf pain, can affect anyone, but they are particularly common complaints amongst those who participate in sports and train intensively. Runners are notoriously affected, as are basketball and tennis players.

    If your pain is recurring, we know that you have a problem with your lower leg biomechanics. Orthotics work brilliantly for correcting poor biomechanics and at BxClinic in Norfolk that is our area of expertise.

    We use gait analysis and foot mapping to assess your lower leg biomechanical function to identify the underlying cause of your problem. If you are a sports participant, we will assess your sporting moves as well as your walk; how you run, how you jump. Where appropriate, we will prescribe shin splint orthoses or orthotic insoles for calf pain and Achilles tendinopathy. Specific orthotics for running can also be prescribed. The orthoses will support the correct biomechanical function and either alone or coupled with the other treatments, they will provide welcome pain relief.

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Stretches & Exercises for Shin & Calf Pain

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  • The shin and calf muscles constantly work hard and can often become tight due to strenuous exercise or poor biomechanics.

    Following a thorough consultation and analysis of your gait, Norfolk’s BxClinic will prescribe appropriate shin and calf pain treatments to bring you relief from discomfort. We often recommend Achilles, shin and calf pain stretches as well as exercises for other parts of the body that may be linked to the cause of your shin and calf pain. Stretches and exercises can release tension, reduce pain and assist recovery.

    Following a period of rest you will be given prescribed lower leg exercises; these may include Achilles tendon stretches, exercises for shin splints, running shin exercises and calf muscle stretches.  All of these shin and calf pain exercises are particularly good for runners, walkers and tennis players suffering from shin splints, calf pain and Achilles tendon pain brought on by strenuous exercise.


BxClinic specialises in biomechanics and we work within the scope of our practice and expertise to deliver the best possible care and outcomes for our patients. There are times when our assessments of a patient’s condition determine that the best course of treatment is with a clinician of a different expertise.

A good example of this might be a runner complaining of shin pain after a run, which we find is caused by insufficient hip function. Treating the shin pain would be incorrect so we would refer to a clinician better suited to helping with hip problems. Where appropriate we may also refer patients for scans.

We work with a range of partners including physiotherapists, osteopaths, massage therapists, Pilates teachers, sports rehabilitators and local specialist shops.

I shall ne’er be ware of mine own wit till I break my shins against it.

William Shakespeare

What Patients Say

  • Gen

    Treated with orthotics, stretches and exercises

    “After a short, but thorough assessment, I was prescribed my own, individualised orthotic insoles and since then I have not looked back.

  • Simon

    Back to running and football

    “Within a few days the pain was relieved and I have since returned to running and playing football and really feel I have rolled the clock back ten years.