Shin splints are one of those painful conditions that afflict so many runners and walkers from time to time. Not only are shin splints painful and debilitating but if they are left untreated they can cause fractures in the tibia that will leave your exercise regime in tatters.
The term, shin splints, refers to a range of generalised pain and tightness in the shinbone region. The pain usually appears in both legs during repetitive activities such as running and disappears when at rest.
Shin splints frequently occur in beginning or out of condition runners, or after suddenly increasing the intensity level of exercise. The pain can be sufficiently intense to bring your exercise programme to a complete standstill.
Shin splints are nearly always the result of damage and irritation to the soft tissue of and around the tibialis muscles. This damage occurs when there is a weakness in the shin and calf muscles and is compounded by overtraining, poorly fitting shoes, running on hard surfaces and mechanical gait problems such as over-pronation or flat feet.
These latter issues force the overworked shin muscles to work even harder to stabilize the feet. If not treated promptly, the resulting damage to the muscles and ligaments can eventually lead to small bone cracks and fractures known as stress fractures.
If you develop shin splints do not try to continue through the pain—you will only make it worse. The sooner you seek help from the professionals the sooner you will be back on your feet.
Erica Dash Podiatry will complete a detailed examination of your running and walking to determine the cause of your pain. They will then provide supportive remedial measures to correct these underlying issues and give you relief from pain.
An effective solution may include exercises to stretch and strengthen the muscles and tendons in the feet and legs, and orthotics, which prevent excessive flexion in the feet and legs.
In any case, with Erica Dash, you will be up and running faster than ever.
Call 43670177 and make an appointment to see one of our qualified Podiatrist’s.