Shin splints are also known as tibial stress syndrome and mostly common in athletes such as runners and dancers. Shin splints cause pain along the lower part of your shinbone, often on the inside edge. Shin splints are also caused by inflammation. This is caused when your muscles and tissues that attach to your shinbone are used incorrectly, overused, or out of alignment. Shin splint pain can flare up when you start to exercise.
There are 2 main types of shin splints, depending on which area and muscles of the shin are affected.
Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome (MTSS)
The most common type of shin splint. It causes pain along the lower two-thirds of the inside edge of the shinbone.
Anterior Tibial Stress Syndrome (ATSS)
This other type of shin splint is where the pain tends to be along the front and outside edge of the shinbone.
Shin splints cause pain on the front of your lower leg and in the muscles on either side of your shin bone. You may experience this pain both during exercise & at rest. Painful area may also be swollen & sore to touch.
What Causes Shin Splints?
Shin splints are caused by overusing your lower leg muscles and bone tissue. This can be due to a sudden increase in the amount or intensity of exercise, the ankle joint rolling inwards too far as the running foot hits the ground (over-pronation), running on uneven or hard surfaces, or using unsupportive shoes. Over-pronation is more common in people with flat feet.
To prevent shin splints, you can start by wearing well-fitting shoes, using shock absorbing insoles, warming up before physical activity, and cooling down afterwards, exercising at a pace appropriate for you, allowing yourself to recover after exercise. The pain from splints can hinder your movement and stop you from being active.
When to see Dr. Leonard Knudson, DPM, Culver City's Foot and Ankle Specialist to Treat Your Shin Splints
Contact Dr. Leonard J Knudson, DPM of Associated Foot Care Clinic, Inc in Culver City, California if you are experiencing symptoms of shin splints. It is important to remember to seek medical attention right away if the pain is very bad or you have trouble walking.
How are Shin Splints Diagnosed?
At Dr. Leonard J Knudson's Culver City Foot and Ankle Clinic, he will diagnose your shin splint by examining and asking you about the exercise you’ve been doing, the type of pain you have, and the location of your pain.
To ease the pain of shin splints, you may rest or manage to put an icepack on the area for 15 to 20 minutes, several times a day, taking over-the-counter anti-inflammatory pain relief, such as ibuprofen or aspirin, or avoiding the activity that causes you pain.
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