How can I prevent shin splints?

Shin splints are a common injury that can affect athletes or just the average person who had to run to catch a bus. The pain along or behind the shinbone stems from excessive force or pressure to the bone and to the tissues that attach muscle to the bone.

If you have dealt with this problem before or want to avoid it entirely, there are a few easy preventive measures you can try. If going out to exercise, do a five to ten minute warm-up before jumping right in. Then you can add in some exercises that specifically target the shin area. An example would be a heel drop on step. Stand with both feet on the edge of a step. Put the toes of one foot on the edge and lower that heel a few inches below the step. Hold for 30 seconds and then switch feet. Secondly, address your footwear. If you run regularly, your shoes should be replaced every 350-500 miles. It may benefit your foot health and help to avoid shin splints to wear a pair of custom orthotics.

If you are unable to stop this type of pain from occurring, please don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Harvey Danciger. You can make an appointment online or by calling our office at (760) 568-0108.

Dr. Harvey Danciger
Dr. Harvey Danciger is a podiatrist and foot surgeon in Palm Desert, CA specializing in the foot and ankle