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What are Shin Splints?

Shin splints refer to pain along or just behind the shin. They are known to occur during physical activity and can result from excess force put onto your shinbone and the connective tissues that attaches muscles to your bone.

Shin splints are most often seen in runners and athletes in general. People who participate in activities with that are known to have ‘quick stops’ are more susceptible to shin splints. This might include sports like basketball, tennis and soccer.

Symptoms of Shin Splints:

  • Tenderness
  • Lower Leg Pain
  • Pain below the knee
  • Soreness

Pain from shin splints can start strong (right before any physical activity) and be lessened throughout activity.

Preventing Shin Splints

There are some great ways to prevent shin splints from occurring without major treatment. First, be sure you are doing exercises to strengthen your calves. If you generally have stronger calves, your shins won’t be susceptible to splints as easily as they might be if they are weak. Stretching is also very important. Many people will skip stretching before or after a workout, and this can cause long term problems to hundreds of different muscles in your body. Always dedicate five minutes before and after a workout to stretching. It's also a good idea to stretch first thing in the morning. Try wearing arch supports as well, and as always, make sure you are wearing proper shoes. Just because you wear the right shoes, doesn’t mean you should wear them forever. Replace your running shoes every 300-500 miles to ensure proper support.

Shin Splints Treatment

Treating shin splints is simple and easy to do. Most people will wear neoprene sleeves while working out or running, to help aid the pain. It’s important to rest as well. Let your body heal and send you signals. Don’t ever push yourself father than your body tells you it can go. Try painkillers like aspirin or ibuprofen to help with inflammation. You can also ice your shins for an immediate soothing relief. And above all, take in some therapy to strengthen the shin. This can be done by incorporating weight training into your workout or partaking in therapy to your shins daily.

Surgical treatment for shin splints is hardly needed. In extremely rare but severe cases, surgery can be performed on those who have not responded to nonsurgical treatments. Surgery is performed on the part of the shin bone that has been torn away. Fasciotomy of the superficial posterior compartment of the leg has been performed on patients before and is known to be an extremely successful outcome for treating shins splints.

Shin splints can be treated quick and easy. We're happy to help you figure out the right treatment for you. If you have any questions about shin splints or treatment for your condition, call West Medical at (855) 690-0565 to speak to a member of our team. We're happy to help!

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