The Answers You Need to Settle Your Foot Care Questions
Sometimes it can be difficult to find the right answers to your questions. Other times it can be too embarrassing to even ask the right questions. That is why we take the initiative to answer common foot care queries without the need to be asked. Come get the answers you and your feet need.
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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.
What do I do When I Get Shin Splints?
When you feel the beginning of shin splints, you should start treating them right away to prevent them from getting worse. You’ll need to decrease or stop your activities temporarily to relieve the stress on your shins. Stretch out your muscles regularly and try low-impact exercises to stay active during this time. Also, ice your shins to decrease swelling and inflammation. You may need to change your shoes or add orthotics for extra support. Once your lower limbs are functioning without pain, you can slowly ease back into your activities. You may need conditioning exercises to bring your shins back up to strength without reinjuring them.
Don’t ignore the discomfort of shin splints; that will simply guarantee an injury. Contact Parker Foot & Ankle to have your lower limbs checked and treated before the problem gets worse. Call (281) 497-2850 or visit the online contact page to reach our Houston office.