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Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Technical Tuesday Interosseous Membrane

Technical Tuesday Interosseous Membrane

The interosseous membrane of the leg is sometimes called the middle tibiofibular ligament. It extends through the fibula and tibia and separates the muscle in the back of the leg from the ones in the front of the leg.
Interosseous membranes occur throughout the body, serving to separate many of the bones of the body. These membranes are also components in many joints. But for dancers, the interosseous membrane of the leg is the one that is most interesting, because many experts believe it is this membrane that is responsible for the condition known as shin splints (sometimes called medial tibial stress syndrome).

Things that make shin splints likely for a dancer are: a sudden increase in rehearsals and training (especially after a lay-off period); dancing on hard surfaces; over-pronation of the foot (i.e. forcing turn-out from the feet); previous injury; and a lack of calcium in the diet.

Any time a dancer feels pain in their shins it should be evaluated by a physician because it could be shin splints, or it could be stress fracture(s) in the in the tibia.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets:
Anatomical Secret #42m:
“The interosseous membrane of the leg may be responsible for some shin splints.

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