Any time you feel pain, it’s your body’s way of calling your attention to a problem — and it’s a call you should never ignore. When this pain develops in your shins, there are several potential causes, with shin splints leading the charge.
At Ani Medical Group, our team of orthopedic specialists, led by Dr. Nasser Ani and Dr. Ian R. Hersh, understands the many issues that can develop as a result of an active lifestyle. With the goal of preserving your ability to remain active, we provide experienced and expert sports medicine services, including diagnoses and treatment of exercise-related problems, like shin splints.
Let’s take a closer look at shin splints and see how prompt intervention can get you “back in the game.”
Shin splints 101
You’ve just come back from a great exercise outing and instead of that post-workout glow, you’re left with throbbing pain along your shins. Called shin splints, this condition commonly occurs in those who lead active lifestyles, especially ones in which there’s a fair amount of running.
Medically known as medial tibial stress syndrome, this pain develops because of inflammation around the bone, muscles, and tendons that surround your tibia.
Shin splints can develop for several reasons, including:
- Overworking your lower legs
- Having abrupt changes in your activity levels
- Running on uneven surfaces
- Having flat feet
- Having rigid arches
Shin splints can also occur when you use footwear that doesn’t fit properly or when your shoes are worn to the point that they cause changes in your balance and/or gait.
The primary symptom that comes with shin splints is pain along your shin, which typically occurs after you exercise, though it can crop up while you’re active, as well.
The importance of diagnosing shin splints properly
There are many reasons why you shouldn’t ignore shin splints, starting with the fact that you need an expert diagnosis of the problem to rule out other potential issues.
For example, pain along your shins can be caused by other problems outside of shin splints, such as tendonitis, stress fractures in your tibia, or chronic exertional compartment syndrome.
Identifying the cause of your discomfort properly allows us to get you back to pain-free movement more quickly since we’re able to recommend the right treatment.
Treating shin splints
If we identify shin splints as the problem, we’re able to develop the right treatment plan for your goals, which typically includes:
- Taking nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medicines
- Wearing compression socks
- Practicing targeted flexibility exercises
- Wearing custom orthotics
- Adhering to our footwear recommendations
We don’t want you to push yourself too soon, so if you’re patient and follow our program, we can get you back to your active lifestyle with lower legs that can meet your demands.
If you’d like to remedy your painful shin splints, contact one of our two locations in Hazlet or Old Bridge, New Jersey. Call or book your appointment online today.