Shin splints describe pain and swelling in the front of the lower legs. The pain typically appears after repetitive activities, ie running or walking. These activities can also exacerbate the condition, as well. Common causes of this condition are flat feet, calf tightness, improper training techniques, worn out or improper shoe-gear/sneakers, as well as running or walking on uneven surfaces. The pain and inflammation in the shin is due to repeated pull of a muscle in the leg from the shin bone, or tibia.
This condition often occurs in both legs. Shin splints can be alleviated by rest, ice, and use of non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen. Often, a change in training habits or a new stretching exercise regimen is required. Properly fitting shoe-gear is also of importance. In many instances, orthotic devices can control the motion of the foot, ankle and leg, thereby helping to prevent the recurrence of shin splints. If not treated properly,shin splints may result in a stress fracture of the shin bone. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, call and schedule an appointment at our office. The Cape Coral Foot and Ankle Center can treat the condition, recommend proper shoe gear, and evaluate whether inserts are indicated. We strive to help you return to your daily activities, as soon as possible.