Shin splints are also called medial tibial stress syndrome. Shin splints develop when the bones, tendons, and muscles are over-stressed from an increase in activity level. Shin splints are often seen in runners or in other people who exercise frequently. It may be particularly common in people who engage in "stop-start" sports such as basketball or tennis on a regular basis.
Shin splints cause soreness and often even severe pain in the interior portion of the lower leg. Many people who have shin splints may experience a numb feeling in their feet. The pain occurs most commonly while exercising, and the pain may often be severe enough to make a person halt activity right away. Shin splints may cause swelling in the lower leg or even in the top part of the foot.
Proper footwear is essential in the prevention of shin splints. Make sure that shoes are specifically designed for the particular sport, and replace shoes when they become worn. For runners, this generally means every 350 to 500 miles. Custom orthotics from the podiatrist can be very helpful in the prevention of shin splints, as well.
Patients who get approval from their physician may find short term relief with anti-inflammatory medications. Rest is an important part of allowing shin splints to heal properly. The podiatrist may recommend transitioning into low impact exercises until the shin splints are fully healed. Compression bandages may be helpful in supporting the injury during healing. While it is rare to need surgery for shin splints, the podiatrist can perform a surgical correction in severe cases of shin splints that do not respond to conservative therapy.
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