Shin Splints

Treatment for Shin Splints

Pain in the lower leg, radiating from the shinbone or tibia, may be known as shin splints. This pain occurs between the knee and ankle in the front of the leg, and it is caused by excessive physical stress and pressure, with running or dancing being the most likely culprits.

Repetitive, heavy striking on the toes can cause tendons and bone in the lower leg to become inflamed. Because the pain is similar to the pain caused by other conditions, it’s important to get a proper diagnosis and correct treatment that will work.

How to Best Avoid Getting Shin Splints

There are a number of ways in which you can prevent developing shin splints while you run and exercise, including the following:

  • Get a Podiatrist’s Evaluation: If you are an athlete or a runner and are experiencing symptoms, it’s best to change how you exercise or run. Your podiatrist can help evaluate your running position and recommend ways to run differently.
  • Use the Ball of Your Foot: The most effective method for avoiding shin splints is by utilizing proper running form. Runners who run routinely run on their toes are more likely to experience shin pain. Runners should land on the middle part of the foot, before rolling forward to the toes while running or jogging. Proper running involves the entire foot.
  • Wear the Correct Footwear for shin splints: Proper footwear is also essential for avoiding shin pain. Pressure when exercising can result in fallen arches, which causes painful shin splints. Supporting the instep is especially important and is a must have for running shoes. Insoles may also be helpful. Speak with your Podiatrist regarding the type of orthotics that are right for you.


Typically involves adequate rest and review of your running patterns and frequency.

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