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By Crofton Podiatry
April 01, 2019
Category: Shin Splints
Tags: podiatrist   flat feet   footwear   stretch   shin splint   insoles  

With warmer weather on its way, Spring promises to provide more and more opportunities for outdoor activities. Basketball, running, tennis and other sports all require the constant pounding of feet against the ground, and with this, can follow something called a shin splint. What is a shin splint? Defined as a common foot-related injury, shin splints, also known as tibial stress syndrome, is caused when stress on your shinbone and the connective tissues that attach your muscles to your bones become inflamed and painful, making running or even walking very difficult.

Causes of Shin Splints:

  • Flat feet – The lack of an arch to absorb shock every time the foot hits the ground.
  • Poor fitting footwear – footwear must fit your feet and provide overall support, especially for hi-impact sports or activities.
  • Failing to stretch before activities - It is very important to stretch the foot and leg muscles before any activity to loosen them and get the blood circulating.
  • Weak ankles, hips and core muscles – as the body works in unison, each works in tandem to help the foot better absorb shock.

How to Treat Shin Splints:

  • Rest – if injured, take time off from your activity giving your body time to heal.
  • Ice – putting ice on the affected area will reduce pain and inflammation. It is recommended you do this for 20 to 30 minutes every 3 to 4 hours for 2 to 3 days or until it is better.
  • Insoles – wear store bought or custom insoles or inserts that strengthen your arch.
  • Anti-inflammatory medicine – ibuprofen or other medicine. Be especially careful to use only as directed. Your podiatrist would be the best source of information.
  • Surface choice – if you’re a runner who likes to run on hard pavement, consider finding a softer surface like an artificial track often found at high schools or other public areas.
  • Medical exam – see your podiatrist to make sure you do not have any other related injury.

If you believe you are prone to or already have shin splints or any other concerns with your feet, make an appointment with our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brad Toll. He will assess your feet and find the appropriate treatments. Call Crofton Podiatry at (410) 721-4505, which provides services to Crofton, Gambrills, Odenton, and Bowie, MD areas. 

By Brad Toll
December 06, 2014
Category: Shin Splints

While football is busy taking most of the attention in the States, its international competitor futbol is catching some recent headlines. Recently, Manchester United’s Phil Jones has picked up yet another injury, with this time being shin splints! Jones had only been back on the field less than a week after being forced to miss four games due to a hamstring injury. While Jones was thought to have recovered from the previous injury, and was training for a past Sunday’s Premier League game against longtime rival Chelsea. However, on the Saturday before the game, Jones started to feel soreness in the front of his legs and was unable to play in both the Sunday game against Chelsea and the Monday Old Tafford clash vs. the Blues. Unfortunately for now, the team’s managers are still unsure how long it will take Jones to recover.

As many of my patients in the Crofton and Gambrills area of Maryland know, you don’t have to be a professional athlete to get shin splints. In fact, many of my patients who present with this horrible pain are just trying to get started in a running routine. Unfortunately, the severe pain we feel in our shins is actually caused by small tears in the area where our lower leg muscles attach to our shin bone (or tibia).  These tears occur because of over-use and overstretching of these muscles, especially following periods or inactivity, or during extended use.

Some of the best ways we can prevent or reduce the occurrence of shin splints is making sure we have the right shoes for our body type, and making sure to stretch our calves and legs regularly even when we aren’t involved in exercise. Additionally, always being sure to use warm up and cool down exercises, and to take breaks when you start feeling shin splints coming on. Taking these necessary precautions may reduce the severity and recurrence of these muscle pains. Ultimately, anytime you have longstanding pain that isn’t easily resolved, it is vital that you see a local specialist. They will be able to study your body type to truly get to the bottom of what is causing your pain, and can focus on finding the true source of your pain, rather than just treating the symptoms itself. And if you’re in our neck of the woods don’t hesitate to call us Crofton Podiatry!

By Brad Toll.




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