Shin Splints and Athletes

Dr. Misako McLeod discusses shin splints and their treatment.


Article by Dr. Misako McLeod

Shin Splints are very common problems that many athletes experience in their lifetime.  Patients will experience pain along the sides of the “shin bone” in the leg.  This is usually worsened with increased activity and sports. Shin splints are common in runners, soccer players, and other athletes.

Fortunately, most shin splints are from biomechanical problems that can be easily resolved with stretching programs, orthotics, and other modalities. It’s important, however, to ensure that the patient doesn’t suffer from a tibial stress fracture or other sports injury by ordering and evaluating x-rays.

When you evaluated for shin splint by Dr. McLeod, she will perform the following:

Typically, Dr. McLeod will review the type of shin splints you have and prescribe a stretching program to help elongate the muscles that are attached to your shin bone (tibia) and relieve stress. This will be followed by icing and MicroVas treatments to reduce inflammation.

Once the majority of the pain is improved, Dr. McLeod will perform a full biomechanical and gait examination to evaluate what is causing the shin splints. Typically, patients with shin splints have some degree of flatfoot and orthotics are very helpful to support and balance the foot’s mechanics so shin splints don’t recur.

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