Below you’ll find information regarding the symptoms, treatment and prevention of Shin Splints, a common leg injury often caused by foot problems and resulting in pain in the shin area.
Microscopic muscle strain at the muscle to bone interface on the shin bone causing pain and deep inflammation on the inside of the lower leg.
Shin Splints CAUSE:
- Excessive activity over a short period of time in an unconditioned athlete
- Postural foot problems such as low arch feet or high arch feet
- Tight muscles, particularly in the calf muscles
Shin Splints SYMPTOMS:
- Pain along the shin bone at the beginning of an exercise or athletic activity that is moderate and then loosens within a few minutes
- Pain may reappear in the midst of or at the end of the exercise or athletic activity
Shin Splints SIGNS:
- Mild to moderate tenderness to touch the shin bone over a one or two inch area
- No swelling is usually present
- If swelling is present, combined with moderately severe to severe tenderness, a stress fracture may be present- this happens frequently if shin splints are not promptly or adequately treated
Shin Splints TREATMENT:
- Shin Splint compression sleeve to help reduce inflammation and support the muscle to bone interface
- Custom molded prescription orthotics (shoe insert) to support any foot or leg postural malalignment
- Physical therapy modalities to help reduce the deep inflammation at the muscle to bone interface
- Oral anti-inflammatory medications to help reduce discomfort
- Stretching of tight muscles to reduce overstrain on the muscle-bone interface
- Night splint to reduce muscle tightness and low grade spasm of tight muscles while sleeping
- Occasionally, immobilization in a walking boot or walking cast may be necessary to rest the area
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