Shin splints account for 13% of all running injuries and yet it is one that most don’t understand.
It starts out as a dull pain in the front of your leg either during or after exercise and if left untreated, it can keep you from any sort of exercise for good.

This is a simple injury to fix without surgery if caught early and can be caused by three different conditions.

  • Overused and irritated muscles 
  • Stress fractures in the leg bone
  • Over-pronation caused by flat feet
Early diagnoses and treatment is key to getting rid of this painful injury. Seeing a Podiatrist will help you to recover and select the best treatment options for you. 
Treatment Options:

  • Icing: Applying ice to the painful area for a few days in a row, will control swelling and reduce pain
  • Orthotics: While over the counter orthotics may help with your pain, our podiatrists can make you custom orthotics to properly prevent your foot rolling inwards when you take a step
  • Proper shoes: Take time to make sure you are wearing the right shoes for your activity and foot type. Click here to read more about selecting new shoes.
  • Anti-inflammatory: Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen can help to reduce the swelling and pain.
  • Stretching: Range of motion exercises and stretching will strengthen the surrounding muscles and relieve the pain.
More in-depth treatment can be done with the proper diagnoses by a podiatrist. 
Come see us at Carmel Foot Specialists in Charlotte NC if you are suffering any sort of foot or ankle injury. 
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