Ouch! Shin Splints Can Be Painful!
A very common injury to a person’s lower extremities is a called a shin split. A shin splint causing pain on the front of the leg, or in the shin area. Most patients state that the pain starts out bearable and slowly gets worse. Some people also have small bumps along their shins. Shin splints are small tears in the muscle along the front of leg caused by stress or trauma. Runners and athletes are the most common group of people to experience shins splints. People who have flat feet are also more likely to experience this issue. Treating a shin splint early is key to keep this issue from becoming something more serious like a stress fracture.
Shin splints are often caused by running or standing for long periods of time on hard surfaces. Without proper shoe gear, the stress can cause small tears in the muscles around the shin. Some ways to prevent shin splints from happening to you are make sure you wear supportive shoes, proper shoe gear, and stretch. People with flat feet or high arches are more likely to have this issue due to the stress put on their feet already. Wearing orthotics while working out or standing can help ease some of this pressure. If you think you might be suffering from shin splints, give our office a call. An ultrasound is an easy way to diagnosis the problem.