April 12th, 2012

Health N' Sports: Shin Splints

Staff Report

Health N' Sports: Shin Splints
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Louisville Orthopaedic Clinic shares prevention and treatment methods for shin splints

As a part of the Louisville Orthopaedic Clinic, the Sports Rehab Team physical therapists are knowledgeable and trained in the latest advancements and techniques available in sports rehabilitation. On a weekly basis, the Health N’ Sports Update will give information on prevention, recovery, and include special offers, as well as general health tips that would be beneficial to all. If there is a specific topic you’d like to know or hear more about, email future suggestions to editor@catholicsportsnet.com.

As the big race approaches, most runners have increased their mileage significantly and thus felt the wear and tear on their body. One common running injury is shin splints, which can occur with an increase in running or other athletic activity, a change in surface, or even just a change in shoe wear.


  • Pain or dull ache in the front of the lower leg- most commonly along the inside of the leg, or tibia
  • Pain which may decrease after warming up but increase as activity continues


  • Irritated or swollen muscles due to overuse
  • Stress fracture or stress reaction in the bone
  • Rarely these symptoms can be due to compartment syndrome, which will be detailed in an article to come

Risk Factors

  • Structural problems in the foot and ankle (such as flat feet) leading to irritation of tendons
  • Excessively tight calf muscles
  • High impact exercise on hard surfaces


  • Rest: as hard as it may be to stop running this far into your training you may be preventing a fracture by resting
  • Ice
  • Anti-inflammatory therapy
  • Stretching and strengthening the foot and ankle musculature
  • Supportive shoes with adequate shock absorption
  • Physical therapy for modalities and proper education

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