How can I prevent shin splints?

There are several different ways you can prevent shin splints. They are an overuse injury often caused by doing too much too soon when you exercise. There are several diagnoses to consider, such as nerve entrapments, medial stress syndrome, and tibialis posterior tendonitis. Dr. Parker will of course determine which of these similar presenting conditions is actually causing your symptoms.

Building up your routine gradually conditions your shins to handle the stress of your activities. Cross train regularly as well. Instead of doing the same exercises every day, take rest days for your lower limbs and do low-impact or upper body activities instead.

Always warm up to make sure your muscles are ready to work before you start your routine. That way, they’re less likely to get injured. Make sure you wear well-fitted, supportive shoes to help your feet absorb the shock. If you can, try to avoid exercising on hard, unforgiving surfaces like concrete, too. Orthotics are in order if these conservative measures don’t help, or if you have a significant bowlegged situation or severe pronation.

If you notice your shins starting to ache and burn when you’re active, stop what you’re doing and rest. Catching and treating the problem early is an important part of preventing full-blown shin splints. Let Dr. Robert Parker know if you’re struggling with lower limb pain. Call our Houston office at (281) 497-2850 for an appointment or use our website to reach us for more information.

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Dr. Parker is a podiatrist and surgeon in Houston, TX who has been helping patients for more than 40 years.