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Dealing with Shin Splints

| February 10, 2014 | 0 Comments

Shin splints, also refer to his medial tibial stress syndrome, present as pain on the border of the tibia on the front of the shin.  It typically as a result of an increase in the volume of impact exercises.  Runners make up the majority of individuals with shin splints, and shin splints may go 15% of all running injuries.  Stress fractures of the lower leg account for another 15% of running injuries.  Sudden increases in training by either frequency, intensity, duration or distance can result in developing shin splints.

shinsplints2Other factors that can lead to shin splints include poor conditioning, improper footwear, poor training regimen, running on sloped surfaces or bank tracks, or any other situation that allows the foot to pronate or rotate the hip out.  Malalignment of the foot can also place stress on the bones of the leg.

Treatment options include relative rest, anti-inflammatory medication, icing, and possibly orthotic devices.  Checking for proper footwear and fit is also important.  Shin splints can also be prevented by following a careful training program that does not exceed 40 miles per week and at least one day of rest each week.  It is a good idea to also taper down training prior to distance events for both injury prevention as well as optimal performance.

For more competitive runners having two identical pairs of shoes that they alternate allows the normal cushion to return to size during the shoes’ off days.  The average running shoes should last between 200-400 miles.  After that it is advisable to replace them whether or not there is any sign of outward damage.



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Christopher Burton, M.D.

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Christopher Burton, M.D. is a physician, speaker, coach and trainer, practicing in Pensacola, FL. He specialized in Physiatry - Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R), which is the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of conditions - particularly those of the musculoskeletal and nervous systems - that may produce temporary or permanent impairment of function. In addition to his practice, he actively lectures on health, nutrition and exercise for healthcare groups, colleges, schools and travels internationally discussing treatment and rehabilitation of athletes.

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