If you’ve just started a running routine, or even if you’ve been running for a long time, you’re probably familiar with the pain associated with shin splints. Shin splints a severe throbbing or pain that occurs in the front or side part of your lower legs. Generally they are caused by overusing the muscles in the leg without proper stretching. They can also be caused by a stress fracture in the bones, flat feet, or weakness in your hips or core muscles. Usually, they can be treated at home with a few simple steps, but sometimes they can require a chiropractor. Madeira Chiropractic & Rehabilitation offers services to treat shin splints or other athletic injuries.
How to Treat Shin Splints
Shin splints will often go away on their own after a few minutes. If they don’t, here are some things to try to make the pain subside.
Rest: If the muscles have been overworked, resting them will allow the swelling to stop.
Ice: Applying an ice pack to your shin for 20 or 30 minutes can also help with muscle swelling.
Painkillers: Aspirin or Ibuprofen will numb the pain and help with muscle swelling.
Orthotics:If you have bad arches or flat feet, putting support insoles in your shoes may help to prevent splints in the future.
Stretch: Doing a few range-of-motion or other stretching exercises before you run allows your muscles a chance to warm up and can prevent shin splints.
Support: If your splints are very bad, you can use a neoprene sleeve to support and soothe the muscles in your legs.
Doctor: If your shin splints are caused by a stress fracture you may need to visit a doctor or chiropractor to help ease the pain and prevent further damage to your body.
If you’re dealing with shin splints or athletic injuries, contact our office at (717) 263-8919 to schedule an appointment. We are here to get you back on your feet.