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Are you trying to get fit again, but every time you try to run your shins hurt? More often then not shin pain relates to the overuse of the muscles in your lower leg, often exacerbated by poor foot posture.

Shin Splints

At Darwin Podiatry we treat shin splints by assessing the factors that contribute to them such as your walking and running postures, stretching and strengthening exercise, shoe changes and orthotic additions, dry needling along with strapping, and taping as needed. Altering terrain and training practices can also help.

In the past, foot orthoses were of the view to correct mechanical abnormalities, such as an ‘over-pronated foot,’ by adjusting the foot’s position. However, more recent research suggests that internal kinetic changes are responsible for the therapeutic benefit.

Discomfort in the Patellofemoral Joint:

On the other hand, prefabricated foot orthoses by the Journal of Orthopedic & Sports Physical Therapy 2019 guidelines for patients with greater than average pronation to reduce pain, but only for a short period (up to 6 weeks). Foot orthoses should be used in conjunction with other treatment options.

The clinically and academically supported method of applying foot orthoses to PFPS is the single- or double-leg squat.

Using a foot orthosis may be a good option for this patient if this helps alleviate their pain.

Using a non-weight bearing position to measure the patient’s foot width and comparing it to the standing mid-foot width

Foot orthoses may be beneficial if there is a significant increase in midfoot width.

While the test was found to be unreliable in a study by Matthews and colleagues –

Splints in the shins:

Runners, dancers, and new military recruits are all at risk for developing shin splints.

Sportsmen and women who have recently increased or altered their training regimens are more likely to suffer from medial tibial stress syndrome, medically known as “shin splints.”

There is no need to seek medical attention for the vast majority of people who suffer from the symptoms of an injured shin or lower leg.

Symptoms:

When you first stop exercising, the pain may go away. A stress reaction or stress fracture can develop if the pain persists for an extended period.

Shin splints Causes:

Several factors can increase you are more susceptible to shin pain if:

For starters, you’re a long-distance runner.

Increases in exercise volume, frequency, or duration can be made suddenly:

To run, you must be able to do so on both soft and hard surfaces.

  • You’re a soldier in the making.

Prevention:

To avoid shin splints, you should:

  • Pay attention to how you move. Shin splints can result in specific movement patterns identified through video analysis of your running technique. Running differently can reduce your risk in many cases.
  • Don’t go overboard.

Take time to select the proper footwear.

  • Consider using arch supports. In the case of flat arches, arch supports can help alleviate shin-splint pain.

Choose insoles with shock absorption. They may alleviate symptoms and prevent shin splints recovery.

Reduce the effect Swim, walk, or bike as a form of low-impact cross-training to reduce stress on your shins. Keep in mind that it’s best to ease into new endeavors. Add more time and intensity gradually to shin splints cure.

Workout with weights to build muscle mass Leg, ankle, hip, and core strengthening exercises can help you get your legs ready for high-impact sports.

Diagnosis

Other possible causes of your pain, such as a stress fracture, may be discovered by an X-ray or further imaging study.

Shin Splints Treatment:

At-home care for shin splints can be as simple as the following:

  • Rest. Limit your physical activity, but don’t stop altogether if it causes you pain, swelling, or discomfort.
  • Ice. The affected shin should be treated four to eight times daily with ice packs for 15 to 20 minutes each time. Keep the ice packs from freezing to your skin by wrapping them in a thin towel.

Assist yourself with an over-the-counter narcotic analgesic. Many over-the-counter pains relievers ease pain, such as Advil or Motrin IB, naproxen sodium, or acetaminophen (Tylenol). Shin splints are treated at Darwin Podiatry by evaluating. It may also be beneficial to change the terrain and how you train.

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