Runners and other athletes often use the term “shin splints” as a catchall phrase to describe pain in either side of the lower leg bone. Keep reading for advice from our Dallas, TX, podiatry offices about shin splints and what you can do to avoid them.
According to our expert podiatrist, the medical diagnosis of shin splints is known as medial tibial stress syndrome or MTSS. Podiatrists and other fitness experts, however, don’t all agree about where and what exactly is involved if you have shinbone pain. Some doctors think shin splints are related to either a muscle tear that has pulled off the bone, while others think they are caused by inflammation of the muscle that wraps around the shinbone, or tibia. There are also other medical conditions that can cause pain in your shins or lower extremities that can be misdiagnosed as shin splints, such as a stress fracture.
Thankfully, shin splints are treatable and usually resolve on their own after a few weeks of rest. Our expert podiatrist also suggests you refrain other types of high impact exercise, such as aerobics. You can also help the healing process by icing the pain and continue to gently stretch both your Achilles tendon and calf muscles.
Our “alphabet” exercise is a great way to both prevent and recover from shin splints. While you are sitting in a chair, trace the letters of the alphabet on the floor with your toes, alternating between your left and right legs. We also suggest walking on your heels for thirty seconds, followed by regular walking – and repeat this exercise several times per day.
While our expert podiatrist recommends that you stop running or decrease your training until your discomfort disappears, we know athletes are anxious to get back to the activities they love! The following suggestions can help you recover from your shin splints and possibly prevent another occurrence:
The information provided in this article is not meant to be medical advice and is for educational purposes only. If you would like to learn more about this and other topics related to podiatry, feel free to contact Dallas Podiatry Works, with a convenient podiatry office in Dallas, TX, by calling 972.564.8556 or by clicking here.
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The staff at Dallas Podiatry Works could not have been more courteous, helpful, and professional in doing their job. They made me feel comfortable when I was there, which is certainly appreciated. They answered all the questions that I had and just made each visit the most pleasurable that it could be. I would highly recommend them to anyone needing this type of foot care.
I would highly recommend Dr. Brook to anyone with foot problems–especially problems that stump other podiatrists. He really is very caring and very knowledgeable.
Dr. Joel Brook and the staff were nice and helpful. Though I was a new patient, I got right in as soon as they were open in my preferred location. They diagnosed the problem and provided medicines along with a perfect gel bandage so I could keep exercising while my toes healed. My toes already hurt less and look a little better each day. If I have future issues, I will be a repeat customer. Here’s hoping I don’t, but at least I know my feet are in good hands.
I visited this office for an ingrown toe nail a few years ago. After seeing another doctor, who made it worse, he referred me to Dallas Podiatry Works. The doctor there was able to fix my problem. I’m not great with reviews, all I can tell you is that this doctor and staff will have you up and running or doing whatever it is you do in no time. You will be in great hands. You’d be a fool not to use this doctor. Now its time to visit him again for the other toe.
Been having bad ankle pains for 6 months was referred here and it was a great visit ladies in the front desk medical assistants and the Doctor were all very friendly and make you feel very comfortable.