If you are an avid runner, you have probably experienced, or at least heard of, shin splints. Also known as Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome (MTSS) in the medical world, shin splints can cause a lot of issues for runners. In this article, we will discuss causes of shin splints, and how runners can help prevent and treat this condition.
Identifying Shin Splint Symptoms
Shin splints are a repetitive stress condition that most commonly causes pain on the inner side of your shin bone. They often impact runners and people who play “stop-start” sports like basketball, tennis, and soccer.
Other symptoms of shin splints in runners can include any or all of the following:
- Shin pain that comes on when you exercise
- A dull aching sensation in the front part of your leg
- Swelling or tenderness in the low leg
- Numbness in the feet
Other pre-existing factors like flatfoot syndrome can increase a person’s likelihood of developing shin splints.
Physical Therapy & Rehab for Shin Splints
Here are some steps you can take to prevent shin splints or lessen the pain caused by them:
- Increase your flexibility by stretching regularly.
- Ice your shins before and after strenuous physical activity.
- Take over-the-counter pain medications to reduce pain and swelling.
Treating shin splints typically requires you to refrain from or cut back on your physical activity for a period of time. A physical therapy or rehabilitation strategy can also help you return to activities with reduced pain.
If your shin splints are preventing you from participating in your favorite activity, or detracting from your ability to enjoy life, contact a physical therapist at Ortho Rehab Specialists today. Our physical therapists have been helping Minnesotans with shin splint pain and other conditions for over 25 years. We offer direct access to physical therapy and dedicated hour long treatment sessions with your designated therapist. Contact our Minneapolis or Edina clinic today to set up your appointment.
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