The following precautions will help prevent shin splints!
Ask any runner, soccer, or tennis player about shin splints and they will have a story to tell. Shin splints are common in people who participate in high-impact activities and are pains in the lower leg that run along the shin bones. These pains often occur after training routines are changed, or when muscles are overworked. Shin splints commonly develop after activity on hard surfaces like concrete. Overworking muscles causes pain and swelling of the muscles, causing pressure on the bone. Other factors such as running downhill or on uneven terrain, lack of flexibility, and improper training techniques can also lead to shin splints. Additional causes of shin splints are anatomical abnormalities such as flat foot syndrome, muscle weakness, and participating in sports that have frequent starts and stops.
Symptoms of shin splints come on gradually and may worsen over time if not treated. If you notice symptoms of shin splints the first step is to rest. Stop physical activity and talk to your doctor. Common symptoms include:
Shin splints are not inevitable. The following precautions will help prevent shin splints:
There are a few treatment options when dealing with shin splints. The most important, however, is rest. If you are experiencing pain in the shin after activity it may be time to take a break and let your bones heal. Here are some other remedies to help with the pain and swelling due to shin splints:
Don’t let shin splints keep you from your favorite activities. Take precautions to prevent shin splints from occurring and if you start experiencing symptoms take it easy. For more information check out the Mayo Clinic's website.
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