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By Premier Podiatry
February 04, 2016
Category: Foot Care
Tags: shin splints  

I Think I Have Shin Splints. What Can I Do? Common questions and answers about shin splints.

If you have pain along the your shin and you’ve recently upped your running routine, chances are you have shin splints. It may be time toshin splints see Dr. I. Cristina Verlezza, your Marietta, GA podiatrist at Premier Podiatry. She is ready to help with answers to a few common questions about shin splints.

What causes shin splints?

Also known as medial tibial stress syndrome, shin splints are caused from bone, tendon, and muscle tissue being overworked and stressed from increased activity.

How do I know if I have shin splints?

Common signs of shin splints are soreness, pain, and swelling along the inner part of your lower leg.

What can I do to prevent shin splints?

There are a few things suggested by your Marietta podiatrist that you can do to prevent shin splints. You should always wear the right shoes for the sport you are doing, and if you are a runner, replace your shoes about every 350 to 500 miles. You may also want to consider arch supports if you have flat feet. Consider starting with a lower impact sport--like biking, walking, or swimming--and increase your intensity slowly. A helpful exercise is rising up and down on your toes and doing leg presses to strengthen your lower legs.

What can I do to lessen my pain from shin splints?

The Mayo Clinic suggests resting and trying low impact exercises while you are healing. You should also apply ice packs for 15 to 20 minutes, four to eight times per day. Taking over-the-counter pain relievers can help as well.

If you are suffering from the frustrating and debilitating pain of shin splints, it may be time to see an expert like Dr. I. Cristina Verlezza, Marietta, GA podiatrist at Premier Podiatry. She is standing by to give you the relief you need, so call today and take care of your pain!

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