Have you begun to experience pain along the front of your lower leg, right around the shin bone? Has this pain started as a result of an increased running or exercise program? If you’ve answered yes to these questions, you may be dealing with shin splints. Here at Great Neck Family Foot Care, our team has helped patients overcome this issue in the past. Our expert podiatrist, Dr. Alec Hochstein, can diagnose this issue before crafting the treatment plan needed to get you back to full strength.
The Cause Of Shin Splints
Shin splints take place as a result of copious amounts of force being placed on the shinbone and the surrounding tissues. This force causes the tissues to swell, increasing the amount of stress the shinbone experiences. They can also be the result of stress reactions to bone fractures. In both cases, the most common culprit that sets off this painful chain reaction is physical activity.
Symptoms To Watch For
Sometimes after training, your body will experience varying levels of pain. While this is normal and doesn’t require medical attention, it’s important to be able to realize when an issue such as shin splints takes place. Letting shin splints linger will not only mean you spend more time filled with pain, but it can also lead to some unfortunate medical complications. Signs that point to the development of shin splints include:
- A dull ache in the front part of your lower leg.
- Pain that increases as you exercise.
- Swelling around the shinbone.
- Tenderness and soreness in the inner part of the leg.
Treating Shin Splints
There is no one sole way to go about treating shin splints. The treatment methods our podiatrist recommends will vary on the severity of your condition. Fortunately, no matter how much pain you’re in, we’ll be able to offer assistance and try to get it under control. Examples of the ways this issue can be treated include:
- Icing and elevating your leg to reduce swelling.
- The use of custom orthotics to offer the leg more support.
- Compression wraps and bandages.
- A regimen of therapeutic stretches and massages.
- In severe cases, surgery.
While shin splints can be painful, when working with the right team, they don’t have to last. At Great Neck Family Foot Care, we’re committed to helping our patients any way we can. If you’d like to schedule an appointment with Dr. Hochstein to finally put an end to your shin splints, be sure to contact us today.