Shin splints are known as the runner’s injury. They can cause severe leg pain along the inner side of the shinbone (tibia). Shin splints develop after overuse of the posterior tibialis muscle in the lower leg near the shin, usually related to a sudden increase in the intensity of activity in the leg. When shin splints first appear, pain usually starts when you rest following activity.
Although most commonly seen in runners, other athletes who run for long periods of time can also develop them including soccer players, basketball players, and football players. Trying to “run through” the pain can often lead to chronic inflammation and injury.
Shin Splint Symptoms
Shin splints are often mistaken for other types of strains or sprains. They can be very painful, and when left untreated, the inflammation of the posterior tibialis muscle can lead to tendonitis, compounding the pain caused by the original condition.
If you suffer from shin splints, call East Bay Chiropractic Wellness P.C. at (516) 679-2225 to make an appointment.
Symptoms affect about 2 to 6 inches of the posterior tibialis muscle and tendon in the shin area. The pain typically remains after activity ends, and can be felt when resting and not putting weight on the affected leg.
- Pain in the front and outside of the shin.
- Pain which starts inside the lower leg above the ankle.
- Pain that worsens when standing on the toes or rolling the ankle inward.
Treatment of Shin Splints
Minor cases of shin splints can be treated at home. However, if symptoms worsen or become chronic, a professional should evaluate the injury to assess its severity and ensure it doesn’t involve any related or complicating issues. Home treatment entails using analgesics and a method called R.I.C.E. – Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation.
- Rest − Experts recommend 24 to 48 hours of no weight-bearing activities.
- Ice −Use an ice pack wrapped in a towel or other insulator for 20 minutes at a time, with a 20-minute rest in between to avoid further injury.
- Compression – An elastic bandage wrapped firmly around the shin and calf. Release the bandage for ten minutes every hour to prevent fluid retention.
- Elevation − Raise the injured body part above heart level so that gravity can move fluids away from the injured area.
When to See a Doctor
If your shin splints persist for several days or become chronic, East Bay Chiropractic Wellness P.C. can help. Our team will create a treatment plan that will get you back to your normal routine. Dr. Martin Marmorale utilizes Graston Technique® therapy to identify injured tissue and then manipulate the affected areas to break down scar tissue, address inflammation, and promote healing.
As a certified Graston Technique® Specialist (GTS) since 2008, Dr. Marmorale effectively treats many physical injuries using this and other chiropractic modalities. Call the East Bay Chiropractic Wellness P.C. office at (516) 679-2225 to schedule an appointment and start down the road to recovery.
Useful Info and Health Tips
If you have shin splints, in addition to seeking medical treatment you can:
- Rest the injury for at least 72 hours.
- Apply ice to reduce swelling and pain, on for 15 minutes and off for 15 minutes.
- Apply a bandage for compression.
- Elevate your legs.
- Get orthotic inserts for your shoes for increased support.