Handball Injuries – Periostitis

Handball has always been a high impact sport but over the years it has developed into a sport characterized by a noticeable increase in speed, intensity and force – with more injuries as a result. In Rehband’s “Complete Guide – The 11 Most Common Injuries In Handball” you can learn about the most common injuries in handball today. What are the causes and symptoms, and what can you do to prevent injuries and alleviate pain if you’re affected?  This article is focused on Periostitis.

Periostitis

Pain on the inside of the lower leg. Periostitis often occurs during or after running or jumping exercises and occurs mainly in long distance running, ball sports and gymnastics.

Possible Causes

  • Change of surfaces.
  • Increase in quantity of exercise over a short period of time.
  • Bad shoes.
  • Overpronation.
  • Muscle tightness.
  • Poor running technique.

Symptoms

  • Pain and sensitivity to pressure inside the lower leg above the inner ankle.
  • Pain during and especially after activity.

Measures

  • Investigating external and internal factors.
  • Warming leg protector to promote blood circulation.
  • Reducing activities that trigger pain.
  • Alternative exercise e.g. swimming and cycling.
  • Anti-inflammatory medicine or ointment.
  • Good shoes and/or soles or inserts to make up for when the shoes’ function is insufficient or when there is a need for special support or relief.
  • Stretches for muscle tightness. Balance and coordination exercises.
  • Consult a doctor if you do not get better, to investigate possible stress fracture.

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