What is a shin splint and how is it treated?
December 22, 2006 3:43am CST
A shin splint is any leg pain below the knee and above the ankle other than the calf. It is usually caused by an overused muscle and experienced either as an acute injury or as delayed-onset-muscle-soreness (DOMS). Any activity involving running or jumping can cause it. Shin pain can also be caused by inflammation of connective tissues in the shin or by a stress fracture in the bone or some other problem in the bone (revealed by a bone scan). Shin splints is treated with immediate rest. Running - and any other strenuous lower leg activity - should be avoided until the pain subsides and is no longer aggravated by activity. Anti-inflammatory drugs may, on a doctor's advice, also assist the condition. Ice can also be used to ease inflammation. Regular stretching exercises on the shin to improve flexibility and modifications to running style, for example eliminating over striding, can help prevent shin splints recurring. Improved footwear can also help