Lower leg pain - how much exercise is too much?

Lower leg pain is a common complaint across all ages, particularly when starting a new exercise or sporting program, as well as when increasing the intensity of your regime.

If left unchecked these pains can lead to more serious conditions such as compartment syndrome or stress fractures, potentially taking you away from your favourite exercise for several months or longer!

Thankfully with careful assessment and an appropriate intervention these potential issues can be identified and managed early, limiting their progression and minimising the risk of more serious complications as well as getting you back exercising sooner.

Dr. Stuart Down, Sport & Exercise Medicine Physician, has put together the following detailed blogs to provide some background on these conditions and their symptoms.

  1. Medial tibial stress syndrome (MTSS) – often referred to as ‘shin splints’
  2. Chronic exertional compartment syndrome (CECS)
  3. Stress fractures of the lower leg

If you are experiencing lower leg pain, don’t hesitate to see one of our sport and exercise medicine physicians who will help you get to the bottom or your pain and ensure the most effective recovery for you.

The quicker you act the less time away from the exercise you love!

Dr Stuart Down is a specialist Sport and Exercise Medicine Physician who works at Lifecare Prahran Sports Medicine and has over 15 years of experience dealing with stress fractures and all manner of other activity-related injuries and conditions.

The clinic is close to suburbs including Malvern, South Yarra, Toorak, Armadale, St Kilda East, Caulfield, Richmond and Hawthorn, and has early and late appointments for all your sports medicine and physiotherapy needs.