Shin splints refer to pain on either side of the leg bone that is caused by muscle or tendon inflammation. The problem is usually related to a collapsing arch but may be caused by a muscle imbalance between opposing muscle groups in the leg.
Causes of Shin Splints
- Inflammation due to injury of the tendon
- Over-training or over-exercising on elevated or hard surfaces
- Poor biomechanical structure, such as weak ankle muscles
- Stress fractures
- Sudden increase in distance or intensity of workout schedule
- Tight Achilles tendon
- Wearing improper footwear when engaged in athletic activities
Symptoms of Shin Splints
- Pain in the front of the outer leg below the knee, next to your shinbone; the pain often appears at the beginnings and ends of workout sessions
- Pain in the aforementioned area that is dull at first but becomes more extreme as time passes
Treatments for Shin Splints
- Anti-inflammatory painkillers prescribed by your podiatrist or physician (Note: Please consult your physician before taking any medications.)
- Custom-made orthotics --New Orleans Podiatry Associates offers more than 150 unique possibilities!
- Icing your shin for 20-30 minutes every 3-4 hours for 2-3 days or until the pain is gone
- Physical therapy
- Range-of-motion exercises recommended by NOPA professionals
- Wearing a neoprene sleeve to support and warm your leg
If you're active, please call New Orleans Podiatry Associates today to learn about how you can continue to exercise and run while making sure that you do not aggravate your shin splint injury. Dr. Edward Lang and his team at NOPA can develop a personalized, detailed list of exercises for you that can keep you on your feet without missing a beat!
Prevention of Shin Splints
- Avoiding playing or running on hard surfaces as much as possible
- Ceasing activity or play as soon as you feel pain
- Gradually increasing exercise activity
- Stretching properly before and after exercise and sports
- Wearing corrective shoes and/or custom-made orthotics
- Wearing proper footwear
Text Us About Shin Splints
At New Orleans Podiatry Associates, we are experts in treating shin splints. Our lead podiatrist, Dr. Edward M. Lang, has been helping patients resolve shin splints for over 30 years. Please text our HIPAA-compliant communication platform at (650) 405-0442 and chat directly with our team to learn more about shin splint relief. You do not have to live with shin splints. We are foot and ankle specialists, and we have helped thousands of patients reclaim their foot health.
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At New Orleans Podiatry Associates, we are experts in treating foot and ankle pain. Our lead podiatrist, Dr. Edward M. Lang, has been helping patients resolve foot and ankle pain for over 30 years. Please call our main number at (504)-897-3627 for both our New Orleans and Metaire locations, and speak directly with our team to learn more about how New Orleans Podiatry Associates can help you get back on your feet. We are foot and ankle specialists, and we have helped thousands of patients reclaim their foot health.