Keeping Shin Splints From Occurring
Shin splints are a common sports and running injury. Shin splints can cause pain on both sides of the leg bone. The pain is often due to muscle or tendon inflammation. If you are suffering from shin splints, you may feel a dull, aching pain. The pain is usually located on the front portion of the lower leg.
Shin splints are typically associated with a collapsing arch, but also can be due to a muscle imbalance between opposing muscle groups in the leg.
You can help to prevent shin splints by:
- Stretching properly before and after playing sports or exercising
- Wearing corrective shoes
- Using orthotic devices in your shoes
Some people feel the pain of shin splints all the time. Others only feel the pain when exercising. If you experience pain in your feet or legs while exercising or playing sports, stop and rest. You don't want to keep pushing yourself through pain. You can cause more damage.
If the pain is persistent, see a doctor for an evaluation.