Shin splints are a common issue for runners, dancers, athletes and those with physically intense jobs. This term refers to pain along the shin bone (tibia) and medically is known as medial tibial stress syndrome.

Increased activity overworks the muscles, tendons and bone tissue causing pain. In most cases, shin splints can be treated with rest and other self-care practices -- often referred to by the acronym R.I.C.E. (rest, ice, compression and elevation). Modifying active routines, opting for low-intensity training, and wearing proper footwear can help prevent shin splints as well.

Signs and Symptoms:
You might be dealing with shin splints if you experience:

  • Tenderness, soreness, or pain along the shinbone
  • Mild swelling in your lower leg
  • More pain after activity

If the at-home pain management measures aren't helping, continuous strain on the legs might progress to a stress reaction or stress fracture. To prevent more serious and long-term pain, consult a foot and ankle specialist to discuss possible treatment options.

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To find out more about treatment options and specialized care, please call Columbia Orthopaedic Group at (573) 876-8141 and schedule an appointment or request one below:

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