For athletes, sports injuries are a common adversary, but that doesn’t mean they should be ignored. Rather, the reverse is true.
Before entering private practice, Dr. Hubert Lee finished a fellowship in sports medicine at Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle. And because of that experience, he’s well aware of just how persistent and painful untreated sports injuries can become.
CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists is dedicated to informing patients and empowering them to make good choices that support the health of their feet. In light of that, we’ve decided to dedicate this post to a common sports injury that many people don’t know how to recognize, let alone deal with: Shin splints.
Understanding the Problem
- Shin splints, sometimes referred to as medial tibial stress syndrome, manifest as pain along the inner edge of the shinbone.
- Often afflicting runners and athletes engaged in high-impact activities, shin splints can be attributed to overuse or improper training techniques.
- Inflammation centering on the connective tissue between muscle and bone hits the lower third of the tibia, just above the ankle.
Preventing the Problem
- Poorly fitting shoes that have been worn down over time can contribute to this condition.
- Sudden shifts in the intensity of exercise or physical activity can also lead to shin splints.
- Flat feet, high arches, and repetitive stress from running on hard pavement or hills all contribute.
- Incorporating proper warm-up routines, gradually increasing exercise intensity, and utilizing supportive footwear are key preventive measures.
Diagnosing and Treating the Problem
- We may use diagnostic imaging, such as X-rays or MRIs, to pinpoint the extent of the injury.
- EMG testing can assess nerve function; ultrasound checks the lower leg region for blood clots.
- Other exams feature palpation, strength testing, or tests to determine your range of motion.
- From there, we might recommend physical therapy, customized rehabilitation exercises, and expert guidance on modifying training routines.
- Anti-inflammatory medications or cortisone injections can help with pain management.
If you’re suffering from shin splints, don’t try to “tough it out.” The best competitors know to listen to their bodies and act accordingly! Our phone line is open 24/7, and same-day or Saturday appointments are often available. Our friendly, competent staff promise minimal wait time in a relaxed office setting. Contact us to schedule an appointment today!