If you regularly experience sharp, stabbing pain that runs along your shin bone, you may be suffering from shin splints. Though common, this painful condition can interfere with your active lifestyle. At South Texas Podiatrist in San Antonio, Texas, Eddie Davis, DPM, specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of shin splints. Make your appointment today by calling the office or by clicking the online booking tool.
Shin splints are a common condition characterized by pain that affects your shin bones. Although anyone can develop shin splints, they’re especially common in military recruits and athletes such as runners and dancers.
Shin splints usually occur following intensified workouts or a change in training routines. Increased physical activity stresses your muscles, tendons, and bone tissue, causing inflammation and discomfort.
At South Texas Podiatrist, Dr. Davis treats three different types of shin splints:
The muscles and tendons that lift your foot upwards are collectively known as the anterior muscle group. Anterior shin splints occur due to irritation of your anterior muscle group. The two most common causes of anterior shin splints are exercises such as hill running and stair climbing and tight posterior muscles.
Your posterior muscles are in the center of your leg and attach to the arch of your foot. Runners who overpronate or roll their feet inward are particularly susceptible to posterior shin splints. Fortunately, motion-control running shoes and custom orthotics can effectively ease pain and provide relief.
Your lateral foot muscles play an important role in supporting your feet and preventing ankle sprains. Runners who supinate, or roll their feet outward, are more likely to develop lateral shin splints. Changing your running position, wearing custom wedges, or wearing custom orthotics can help relieve pain caused by lateral shin splints.
To diagnose shin splints, Dr. Davis does an exam, reviews your medical history, and asks questions about the symptoms you’re experiencing. If necessary, he might also order a series of X-rays or use diagnostic ultrasound.
Dr. Davis always recommends conservative, noninvasive methods of care to treat shin splints. Depending on your symptoms, he might recommend rest, applying ice packs to your affected shin, or taking an over-the-counter painkiller. Once your pain starts to subside, you can gradually return to your normal routine.
If you’re suffering from shin splints, don’t wait to seek professional medical help. Make an appointment at South Texas Podiatrist by calling the office or by clicking the online booking tool today.