Preventing Shin Splints
Shin splints cause pain on either side of the leg bone. You may feel a dull, aching pain on the front of the lower portion of the leg. The pain is usually caused by muscle or tendon inflammation, but can also be caused by stress fractures in the lower leg bone.
This problem is usually related to a collapsing arch, but can also be caused by a muscle imbalance between opposing muscle groups in the legs.
Here are some ways you can help to prevent shin splints:
- Stretch properly before and after exercising and participating in sports activities.
- Try wearing corrective shoes.
- Wear orthotic devices (shoe inserts) in your shoes.
Some people feel the pain of shin splints only when exercising, while others feel it all the time. If you feel any pain in your legs, ankles or feet, even if it is only when you are exercising, you should stop exercising. If the pain is persistent, see a doctor for an evaluation. Exercising through pain can cause more damage and worsen your injury.
If you are suffering from foot or ankle pain and would like to set up an appointment with our office, you can contact us at 615-220-8788 or at our toll-free number 888-713-0906. You can also request an appointment online.
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