What can you do to get rid of shin splints?

shin splints cause sharp pain for many runnersShin splints are common running injuries, but the good news is that they can usually be treated with conservative methods, which includes:

  • Rest – Giving your body time to heal is important, but even more so is making sure you are not sustaining further damage by continuing to perform high-impact activities.
  • Ice – Our doctors can provide you with a specific icing regimen, and this will help to reduce both pain and inflammation in the affected area.
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) – Always check with our office for advice regarding specific dosage recommendations first, but you can further reduce pain and inflammation with certain over-the-counter medications.
  • Orthotics – If you sustain shin splints on a frequent basis, we may recommend a pair of orthotics to control abnormal biomechanical motion while you run. This could be instrumental in helping to address a current problem, while at the same time preventing it from coming back.

If you, or a loved one, is suffering from shin splint pain and are unable to take care of it on your own, contact Foot & Ankle Associates of Florida. You can reach us either online or by phone, and our staff will be glad to provide additional information or help schedule an appointment for you at any of our five Florida offices – Altamonte Springs, Kissimmee, Lake Mary, Tavares, and Orlando. Fill out our online form right now or give us a call at 407-339-7759 (or 352-589-9550 if you call from Mt. Dora) today!