Kick in the Shins: Preventing Common Shinbone Injuries

shin injuryIf you’re a runner or dancer, then you’re probably familiar with the tenderness, swelling and aches in the inner part of your lower leg. These are telltale signs of shin splints, one of the most common injuries to plague athletes. If you or a loved one is ready to take the first step towards a pain-free life, Total Pain Care can provide the pain management services you need. Like with every other injury, prevention is key to remaining pain-free, so follow our advice to avoid shin splints.

Taking Action

Known medically as medial tibial stress syndrome, shin splints can often occur to people who have made changes to and/or intensified their workouts or routines. This increase in activity levels overwork and injures the muscles, tendons and bone tissue.

While rest, ice and over-the-counter medication can effectively treat the pain, preventing this injury should be your first priority. The following are preemptive measures to take:

  • Wear the right shoes for your activity and replace them accordingly. Runners should switch shoes after 350 to 500 miles.
  • Use arch supports for your feet, especially if your arches are flat.
  • Decrease the impact your legs are submitted to by cross training with activities that don’t take a toll on your shins, such as swimming, walking or cycling.
  • Compliment your workout with strength training to strengthen your calf muscles.

No More Pain

Sometimes, no matter how much rest you take and how hard you try to rid yourself of pain, it keeps coming back. If you’re ready to rid yourself of debilitating shin split pain, know that Total Pain Care is ready to help.

Our pain-management specialists will provide the care your body needs through the evaluation and identification of your injury. It’s time to be pain-free, so take action today.