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Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

East Ocean Podiatry, Dean B Dorfman, DPM, P.A. & Dominick Sansone, DPM

Shin Splints

splintsMedically known as medial tibial stress syndrome (MTSS), shin splints are a common injury in runners and athletes that engage in high-impact, “start-stop” sports such as tennis or basketball. The sports injury experts at East Ocean Podiatry provide shin splints treatment at their office in Boca Raton and Deerfield Beach, Florida. This page contains helpful information on the symptoms, causes and different treatment options for shin splints relief.

Do You Have Shin Splints?

Symptoms of shin splints include:

  • Mild to moderate lower leg swelling
  • Soreness or pain along the shinbone
  • Numbness and weakness in the feet

Causes of Shin Splints

Shin splints occur when the shinbone and connective tissues in the lower leg are placed under excessive strain and pressure. Some of the direct causes of this pressure include:

  • Running downhill
  • Running on hard surfaces
  • High impact activities
  • Overpronation (commonly known as flat feet)
  • Running in inappropriate running shoes

Get Shin Splints Treatment

Generally, shin splints heal without treatment; however, there are some steps you can take to speed the recovery process, including:

  • Rest: As frustrating as this may be for serious runners and athletes, the body needs time to repair itself. During the recovery period, focus on low impact physical activities like biking or swimming.
  • Wearing proper shoes: Running in ill-fitting or worn out running shoes places extra strain on the lower legs. Purchase new running shoes regularly and make sure that they offer maximum support and shock absorption.
  • Reducing the swelling: It’s important that you try to reduce the swelling and accelerate healing by compressing the affected shin with a brace or compression sleeve. At night, be sure that you elevate the injured leg above the level of your heart. Over-the-counter pain relievers can also help reduce inflammation.
  • Consider orthotics. Shin splints are often caused by overpronation, flat feet, or improper arch support. Orthotic inserts can offer extra support and reduce the stress placed on your lower leg during high impact exercise.

If you would like more information about the treatment and prevention of shin splints, contact East Ocean Podiatry at (954) 828-2601. East Ocean Podiatry services patients in the following areas:

  • Boca Raton
  • Boynton Beach
  • Broward County
  • Deerfield Beach
  • Delray Beach
  • Fort Lauderdale
  • Lake Worth
  • Others

Schedule an appointment today for shin splints treatment.