Shin splints


Shin splints can be really frustrating. Your trying to get fit or increase your running distance and the only thing holding you back is your shins. Pain is most common on the front of the leg between the knee and ankle. The pain is typically worse along the lower or upper one­ third of the leg and can affect either side of the shin. The most common cause of shin splints is athletic activity that involves running, old shoes or running on hard surfaces.

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Diagnosis

C.Q. Foot Clinics podiatrists will assess the area and watch you running to see if the shin splints are due to the way you run, your shoes, or overuse.

Either way there’s something that can be done.

 

Treatment

The treatment of shin splints depends on how bad they are. Initial treatment can involve strapping, compression band and/or orthotics to fix a muscle working overtime when you run. Medications can also be used to help control pain and inflammation. Activities may initially need to be modified to prevent shin splints from recurring but this depends on the severity of the shin pain which is why its important to get it seen to as soon as possible.

 

Without Treatment

Shin splints may become more severe and cause pain with normal walking. Progressive damage to involved muscle can occur, especially if there is swelling. Damage to the bone to which the muscle is attached, a stress fracture, can also occur.

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Picture Source: http://www.runnersworld.com/shin-splints/how-to-treat-shin-splints