For athletes, recreational sports enthusiasts, and the average person wanting a good workout, shin splints can be a problem. Shin splints cause pain along the inner edge of the tibia (shin), and in most cases can be treated with ice, rest, and persistent stretching before and after physical activity.
Shin splints are typically caused by physical activity, most often when the activity is significantly more strenuous than what your body is used to. Changes in the intensity or frequency of your workout may also play a role in the pain associated with shin splints.
If you experience prolonged pain caused by shin splints, or suspect the pain may be due to fractures, seek medical attention and request a consultation with an orthopedic specialist.
How to Prevent Shin Splints
There are many things you can to lower your risk for shin splints, such as:
- When starting a new workout routine, start slow
- Wear shoes with proper support
- Stretch before and after a workout
- Alternate days for high-impact workouts and low-impact ones
- Run on softer surfaces
For more information about how you help prevent or stop shin splints, talk with one of our orthopedic specialists.