Shin Splints

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

The term shin splints refers to pain along or just behind the shinbone the large bone in the front of your lower leg. Dr. Edward Hill takes a closer look at shin splints in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Medically known as medial tibial stress syndrome, shin splints occur during physical activity and result from too much force being placed on your shinbone and connective tissues that attach your muscles to the bone.

Shin splints are common in runners and in those who participate in activities with sudden stops and starts, such as basketball, soccer or tennis.

Shin splints are caused by excessive force on the shinbone and the connective tissues that attach your muscles to the bone.

If you have shin splints, you may notice tenderness, soreness or pain along the inner part of your lower leg along with mild swelling in your lower leg.

Consult your doctor if rest, ice and over-the-counter pain relievers dont ease your shin pain. Your primary care doctor may refer you to an orthopedist.

The risk of shin splints is no reason to give up your morning jog or afternoon aerobics class. Wearing proper footwear and modifying your exercise routine can help prevent shin splints from recurring.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.