Periostitis is inflammation of the periosteum, which is the connective tissue that covers and protects the bones. The inflammation may occur due to mechanical reasons or an infection. It usually may be treated symptomatically. Surgery is rarely necessary to remove infected tissue.
Periostitis affects typically people who lift heavy weights, run or jump repetitively. Repetitive stress on the shinbone, or tibia, causes shin splints. Periostitis improves often with rest but the condition can lead to chronic pain and discomfort. Infection of the bone can lead to acute periostitis that is a painful condition and can lead to necrosis, or death of the living tissue nearby the bone. Chronic periostitis can result from stress and trauma to the bones. An example of this condition is shin splints from running.
The causes of periostitis are the following: 1) mechanical: an injury or overuse may cause inflammation, 2) infection: often associated with infection of the bone by different type of bacteria. It most often occurs on the medial side of the tibia due to overuse. People with periostitis may experience pain and swelling in the affected area. Infections may cause redness of the skin and sometimes fever.
Treatment usually consists of symptomatic therapy with rest, icing, painkillers or anti-inflammatories and taping. In case of an infection antibiotic treatment is necessary. If the bone itself is also infected (osteomyelitis) surgery to remove the infected tissue will be required.
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Proceed as follows to enter your current symptoms.
Click on the appropriate body part on the picture. Select one/multiple symptoms corresponding to your complaint.
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Once you have selected all applicable symptoms, click the “analyze disease pattern”-button.
Accordingly, you will get a list of possible diseases and matching doctor categories who can further help you.
You can inform yourself about the possible diseases by reading the related information. But you can also return to the previous step and add more symptoms or delete already added ones to further narrow down your disease pattern.
Click on the desired doctor category to find a doctor who can help you.
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Online bookable doctors in your area will be indicated with the notation “Book appointment” or “Book externally”, additionally they will be displayed on top of the list for your convenience.
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