Shin Splints Specialists

NJ Spine and Wellness -  - Orthopedic Surgeon

NJ Spine and Wellness

Orthopedic, Pain Management & Sports Medicine Multi-Specialty Group located in East Brunswick, Freehold, Matawan & Old Bridge, NJ

While anyone can get shin splints, athletes are most likely to develop this painful condition. The team at NJ Spine and Wellness in Matawan, East Brunswick, Freehold, and Old Bridge, New Jersey, confirm your injury and provide expert treatment to help you get better faster. Don't let shin splints keep you on the bench, call or schedule an appointment online today for personalized treatment to relieve shin splints.

Shin Splints Q & A

What are Shin Splints?

Known clinically as medial tibial stress syndrome, shin splints are painful inflammation in the muscles and connective tissue around your tibia. Shin splints are common sports or exercise-related injuries. 

Any vigorous activity can trigger shin splints, although running is the most prevalent cause of the condition. You're more likely to develop shin splints when you begin a fitness program or increase the intensity of your workouts. 

Your risk of developing shin splints increases if you have flat or abnormally high foot arches or if you wear non-supportive shoes while working out. 

What are the Signs of Shin Splints?

Pain and tightness in your shins are the hallmark warning signs of shin splints. You might also experience:

  • Muscle aches in or on either side of your shin 
  • Pain and tenderness along the inside of your lower leg
  • Mild swelling in your lower leg
  • Numbness or weakness in your feet

Your pain might develop or be more pronounced while you exercise. 

If you have signs of shin splints, you can try to treat them at home with rest, ice, and stretching. However, if your at-home care doesn't help, make an appointment at NJ Spine and Wellness for diagnosis and treatment. 

How are Shin Splints Diagnosed?

The team at NJ Spine and Wellness begins by reviewing your symptoms, lifestyle, and medical history. They also examine your lower leg, looking for inflammation and other issues that could contribute to your condition. 

In some cases, your provider might order X-rays or MRIs to rule out other shin issues like stress fractures and tendinitis. 

How Do You Treat Shin Splints?

After evaluating your condition, your provider creates a customized treatment plan to alleviate your pain and help your shins heal. 

They often begin with conservative therapies such as changing your shoes, orthotics, ice, compression, and physical therapy, including flexibility exercises. 

It's unlikely, but in severe cases or if another injury exacerbates your condition, your provider might recommend surgery. 

If you have shin splints or any pain in your lower legs, ankles, or feet, call NJ Spine and Wellness or schedule an appointment online today for expert diagnosis and treatment.