Too Much? Too Soon?

Shin splints are when you have lower leg pain that occurs below the knee. The pain is either on the front outside part of the leg or the inside of the leg, and is the bane of many walkers, runners, tennis players, soccer players, even dancers. They often plague runners who do not build their mileage gradually enough or athletes who abruptly change their workout regimen. Most often shin splints can be captured in four words: too much, too soon.

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Applying cold therapy via a cold pack or cold therapy compression wrap can ease the pain and swelling in the affected area. You can also apply topical pain relievers for instant pain relief.


If you want a cooling effect as well as a healing one, try Biofreeze. This cream has a similar effect to icing, and helps with increased blood flow and muscle ache relief. The menthol in it has a really nice cooling effect which can feel awesome on just massaged muscles.


Compression socks will help increase the blood flow in the muscles in your lower leg, thus reducing your chances of inflammation, pain and discomfort.


You could also relieve your shin splints by using taping techniques to help relax the muscles in the lower shin, relieve pressure to reduce pain and help to reduce inflammation.


Every runner needs to own a foam roller, and is a great way to get the calf and the shin to relax. If you're experiencing shin splint pain, be sure to use a foam roller to roll out all the inflammation in your lower legs on a regular basis.


Often times running in a new pair of running shoes with additional support and cushioning is enough to give your lower legs the relief they need to avoid further shin splint issues.


Leg massagers can help remove tight lumps, bumps and knots. They improve blood circulation which may aid the healing process.


Struggling with shin splints and want to talk to someone before coming into one of our locations? Feel free to call us.

Northland: 816-741-8800
Lee's Summit: 816-600-2688
Mission: 913-400-2013

Advice That Helps

Dr PeteKC North Spine and Joint North
The number one reason to develop shin splints for all ages is starting an exercise program too fast, literally. Ease into a program and give your body a chance to “harden” a little, especially if you are coming off of a period of inactivity.
Dr LaurenKC North Spine and Joint
Barefoot balance can help prevent shin splints.
Dr JustinKC North Spine And Joint
Arch support is important for comfort and injury prevention, however, if you have too much stability or arch support in your shoe for your foot and foot-strike, then you will overload the smaller muscles in your lower leg that then leads to shin splints.
Dr JordanKC North Spine And Joint
Good ankle mobility (aka: dorsiflexion) can also help prevent shin splints.
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