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Full Contact Orthotics For Shin Splints

Shin splints are very common – in fact, 13% of all running injuries are caused by tibial stress syndrome (more commonly known as shin splints).

Most athletes, dancers, and runners will get them on occasion and non-athletes can get them just from doing something they are unaccustomed to doing, such as jogging to catch their runaway dog.

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Shin splints result from inflammation and damage of the tendons and muscles that run up the shin.

They aren’t a true medical condition, but they are symptomatic of an underlying problem.

Shin splints come from the overuse of the involved muscle and tendon.

But it’s important to note that shin pain does not necessarily mean that you have shin splints.

In fact, there are two other conditions that oftentimes are mis-diagnosed as shin splints.

  1. Compartment Syndrome – pain on the outer part (anterior) of the lower leg.
  2. Stress Fracture – an incomplete crack in the bone.

Shin Splints Can Result From Any Of The Following

  • Repetitive movements such as those involved in running
  • Stress fractures (tiny, hairline breaks in the lower leg bones)
  • An increase in exercise levels
  • Over-pronation or arch flattening which occurs when you take a step: the arch flattens to absorb the impact and instead of the muscle and tendon stretching, it pulls the muscle away from the bone. Take enough steps (as when running) and the overworked tendons and muscles will cause pain and inflammation. Full contact orthotics for shin splints that offer arch support are very helpful in preventing over-pronation.

Shin splints cause a dull, achy pain down the front of the affected lower leg. The pain may be intermittent or constant and the area may be sore to the touch.

It is even possible that the swollen muscles can press on the nerves in the foot, causing a numb or tingly feeling or weakness in the foot.

You can treat shin splints by decreasing pain, inflammation or swelling, and by addressing the underlying cause of the condition:

    • Exercise to stretch and strengthen the muscles in the lower leg. Exercises that make your muscles stronger are usually effective in preventing a recurrence once your shin splints have healed.
    • Take anti-inflammatory medications, such as ibuprofen or aspirin, and/or use ice applied directly to the painful areas of your shin. Also, wrapping your lower leg with an elastic bandage can be helpful if there is any swelling. Keep in mind that these treatments do not heal the underlying causes of your shin splints.
    • Rest and avoidance: Rest is often recommended to reduce inflammation and swelling. You may want to decrease your training time or distance until your shins have a chance to heal. You may also want to avoid impact activities such as running until your shin has healed. Remember that, although rest may decrease your pain temporarily, it does not address the cause of your shin splints.
    • Use Custom Full Contact Orthotics for shin splints: Properly designed biomechanical orthotics (the kind that actually change the way your foot functions) are often the most effective treatment of shin splints.A full contact orthotic will address both the current painful condition and will prevent re-occurrence of the problem over the long term. An ICON Full Contact Orthotic will completely support your arch to relieve the stress and pulling of the muscle in your leg that you have damaged.

      This is most effective in correcting the structural origin of the problem: loss of arch height. A combination of foot orthotics (to address the cause of your shin splints) and therapies (to decrease the inflammation) is the most effective strategy.

By correcting the cause of your problem with ICON Full Contact Orthotics for shin splints, you can expect to have 50-80% relief in 3 weeks and 80-100% relief in 6-8 weeks.