Aching, throbbing shins may be a sign of shin splints, a common injury among athletes, especially runners. At Local Foot Doc, in Brooklyn and Queens, New York, board-certified podiatrist Waldemar Majdanski, DPM, FACFAS, and his team of doctors treat shin splints with orthotics so you can get back on your feet again. For your convenience, there are two offices in Brooklyn and locations in the Queens neighborhoods of Woodhaven, Forest Hills, and Astoria. Schedule an appointment online or over the phone.
The term “shin splints” refers to pain in your shins that typically develops after exercise. It’s caused by stress on your tibia, or shinbone. The source of the pain may be inflammation in your muscles, tendons, or bone tissue on the inner edge of your tibia.
Shin splints are common among runners, but they can affect you after any kind of intense physical activity. Shin splints result from overworking your legs.
There’s no universal definition of “overwork.” The level of exercise you can perform without injury depends on what your body is used to and can handle.
You’re at a higher risk of developing shin splints if you’re just starting a new workout program, or if you’re increasing how much you run.
Not everyone who runs or vigorously exercises will develop shin splints. You’re more likely to develop them if you have flat feet or rigid arches because your feet have difficulty absorbing the shock of high-impact exercise.
If you have shin splints, it’s important to rest your shins and give them a chance to heal. Continuing the same type and intensity of exercise makes the pain worse and slows down healing.
You don’t need to give up exercise while you heal from your shin splints. However, you may need to take a break from running and substitute swimming or cycling, which are easier on your feet. Performing a variety of exercises, including low-impact exercise, can also help prevent shin splints and other overwork injuries from being a problem in the future.
Your podiatrist may recommend over-the-counter pain medication, icing the area, and stretches to help manage the discomfort and strengthen your shin. As your condition improves, it’s important to return to high-impact exercise gradually.
To prevent shin splints, your doctor may recommend:
Your doctor at Local Foot Doc can fit you for custom-made orthotics, or shoe inserts. Orthotics can stabilize and align your foot and ankle, so you put less stress on your lower legs. This can be especially helpful if you have naturally flat feet or recurring shin splints.
To get treatment for shin splints, schedule an appointment at Local Foot Doc online or over the phone.