Shin Splints

Shin Splints also called the medial tibial stress syndrome is the problem of pain due to inflammation of the tendons, muscles and bone along the inner edge of the tibia also called the shin bone. It is an exercise related problem caused due to overuse. This pain usually develops after a physical activity especially running. Any rigorous sports activity can result in shin splints mostly in the beginning of a fitness program. Buy high quality products from top manufacturers like Medi Dyne, BMMI / Medical Magnetics, Brown Medical and many more at best prices on HPFY!

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Causes of Shin Splints

Shin splints occur due to overworked muscles in course of a repetitive activity. Changes in the level of activity can cause shin splints, like changes in the duration and intensity of workout. Other factors include:

  • Flat feet or abnormally rigid arches can increase stress on lower leg muscles while physical activity

  • Exercising with footwear that is improper or worn-out

  • Dancers and military recruits mostly suffer from shin splints        

Shin Splints

Symptoms of Shin Splints

  • Pain along the tibia border with a slight inflammation 

  • Sharp razor-like pain or dull and throbbing ache 

  • Pain that occurs during and after exercise 

  • Pain aggravates when the site of pain is touched

Treatment for Shin Splints

Shin splint pain can be alleviated by taking the RICE treatment. Rest is essential for the pain to subside. Overworking the muscles will only cause increased pain and discomfort. Icing the injury can help in soothing the pain. Apply cold packs like Sealed Ice Shin Ice Neoprene Sleeve to the injury for the first 24-48 hours for not more than 20 minutes at a time, 3 times a day. OTC topical pain relievers like ARI Medical Flexall 454 Maximum Strength Pain Relieving Gel may also provide relief from the sharp pain. Compression therapy helps in reduction of inflammation and improves blood flow. Try the BMMI Shin Support for providing the required compression to the shin splint. Elevating the injury helps in improving circulation and provides for faster healing. Therapeutic heel cups can also help in providing cushioning under your heels thereby relieving pain. Try the Medi-Dyne Tulis Classic Heel Cups for therapeutic benefits.