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Do your shins throb and ache after your daily run or just sprinting to catch the bus?

It could be shin splints. You might hear a doctor call it medial tibial stress syndrome. The cause is stress on your shinbone and the connective tissues that attach muscles to your bones. They get inflamed and painful.

This common problem can result from:

  • Flat feet -- when the impact of a step makes your foot's arch collapse (your doctor will call this overpronation)

  • Shoes that don’t fit well or provide good support

  • Working out without warmup or cooldown stretches

  • Weak ankles, hips, or core muscles

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Shin splints are usually diagnosed based on your medical history and a physical exam.


In most cases, you can treat shin splints with simple self-care steps:

  • Rest. Avoid activities that cause pain, swelling or discomfort — but don't give up all physical activity. While healing, try low-impact exercises, such as swimming.

  • Ice. Apply ice packs to the affected shin for 15 to 20 minutes at a time, four to eight times a day for several days. 

  • Take an over-the-counter pain reliever

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Resume your usual activities gradually after your pain is gone.

Schedule an appointment with Dr. J. Leonard Knudson - a Culver City Foot Doctor for a shin splint consultation. Dr. J. Leonard Knudson is a Foot and Ankle Surgeon located in Culver City and near West Los Angeles that is able to provide proper shin splint treatment.

We look forward to meeting your foot and ankle needs.

Our Los Angeles Foot Doctor is Certified by the The American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery, is a California Licensed Podiatrist and has a Doctorate Degree in Podiatric Medicine.

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