Shin Splints

Shin splints (or, medial tibial stress syndrome) is an inflammation of the muscles, tendons, and bone tissue around your shinbone. Pain typically occurs along the inner border of the shin, where the muscles attach.

In general, shin splints develop when these tissues become overworked by repetitive activity, especially after sudden changes in frequency, duration or intensity.

Standard treatment includes several weeks of rest,

Drugs like ibuprofen, aspirin, and naproxen, and

Cold packs and elastic compression bandages

Wearing well cushioned shoes during daily activities help the healing process as well.

People with flat feet may also benefit from orthotics.

Before returning to exercise, you should be pain-free for at least 2 weeks. Keep in mind, you must start at a lower level of intensity initially, with a gradual increase in duration and intensity. Cross-training also helps to prevent recurrence.

For more information, visit our website or call us for an appointment to see one of our orthopaedic specialists. Or better yet, listen to the Sports Doctors on Thursdays at 6 PM online at team and Saturdays at 7 AM on Team 1010 KXPS.

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