Sports can cause painful shin splintsPhoenix Suns basketball season is in full swing, the spring basketball leagues in Surprise, AZ will begin soon, and marathon season is going strong. With all that activity comes the risk for lower body injury.  If you participate in activities that could put a lot of stress on the feet and legs it’s a good idea to know what the signs of shin splints might be.

Shin splint pain in your legs will be localized in the lower half near your knees and front of your calves.  Usually the pain is worse near the beginning of the physical activity.  It may or may not subside through the middle and then emerge again at the end of the run.  In the initial stages of overuse, the pain might not be bad enough to stop the workout.  This is where the problem begins, because shin splints are not an immediate problem; they gradually worsen until the pain becomes unbearable.

If you suffer from pain in the lower leg you should end the activity that is causing the pain immediately.  Other treatment options might include icing the aching area, taking an over-the-counter medication (when advised by a doctor), wearing a Neoprene sleeve or orthotic, and implementing a physical therapy exercise routine.  In very rare and severe cases it might become necessary to surgically fix the problem.

If you are feeling pain in your shins or your feet, call Dr. Peyman Elison and Dr. Viedra Elison right now at 623-584-5556 or visit our online contact page.  Fixing Feet Institute in Surprise, AZ takes pride in our ability to bring your feet back to optimum health.

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Dr. Peyman A. Elison
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