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By Dr. Phil Pinsker
March 19, 2013
Category: Running
Tags: Running   Walking   Shin Splints   Lower Leg Pain  

Is lower leg pain affecting your running?

If you love to exercise or are trying to be diligent a few months after a New Year’s resolution to get healthy, an injury can be so frustrating. Shin splints is a condition that can develop from being involved in activities that put repetitive stress on your legs such as walking and running.

If you are experiencing pain and swelling in the front of your lower legs, you most likely have shin splints. Dr. Phil Pinsker, foot specialist in Washington, PA treats athletes and sports enthusiasts on a regular basis. Common symptoms experienced with shin splints include shooting pain from your ankle to your knee, tenderness along the shinbone and swelling.

Shin splints can become worse or even develop into a stress fracture. To avoid this from happening, follow these ten tips:

·         Don’t ignore the pain

·         Rest your body and reduce activity level

·         Use ice to reduce inflammation

·         Tape up your shin to restrict muscle movement

·         Take over-the-counter medicines to reduce swelling and inflammation

·         Ask Dr. Pinsker about custom orthotics for extra foot support

·         Stay away from exercising on cement or unforgiving surfaces

·         Stay in shape while still resting with low impact exercises such as swimming

·         Avoid going up or down hills as that tends to aggravate shin splints

·         Always warm up and stretch before exercising to prevent future injury

Stay in the game by taking care of yourself. If your shin splints are persisting or keep recurring, come in and see Dr. Pinsker for help. He can check your footwear and foot health and diagnose the reason for the problem. Our podiatric office has many kinds of treatment options for all conditions of the foot and ankle. Make an appointment by calling (724) 225-7410 or visit us at www.washingtonfootdoc.com

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