Prevent Shin Splints and Make It to the Finish Line

Avoid shin splintsAlso known as the Happiest 5k on the Planet, The Color Run is a paint race that celebrates health and happiness. What better reason to prevent shin splints before you get to the starting line!  After all, shin splints are not anything to celebrate or be happy about. In fact, this common overuse injury can keep you sidelined and unable to join in the fun.

The term shin splints signifies inflammation of the muscles and tendons running adjacent to your shin bone. This condition can be quite painful and is most often seen in runners. It is a direct result of repetitive pounding forces.  So, if you’ve suddenly increased the intensity and length of your workouts, or you have switched from training on soft surfaces like grass, to hard ones like concrete, you’d better beware. Shin splints could happen to you!   

It makes sense then, that the best way to prevent shin splints is to avoid overdoing it. Be careful not to overextend your stride either, so as not to pull on muscles. Make sure to stretch before and after exercise, too. Strengthening and stretching exercises for calf muscles and ankles can definitely help. Another easy fix is to make sure your shoes fit properly. Pronators are more susceptible to shin splints, so if you fall into that category, you might want to think about an orthotic insert to help align your foot. Podiatrists can customize these to fit your specific needs.

Want to paint the town and make a splash at The Color Run this year?  Call Dr. Craig H. Thomajan DPM, FACFAS or Dr. Shine John DPM, FACFAS at (512) 328-8900, and find out more helpful tips on how to prevent shin splints. Stop by the Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists in Austin, Texas today. We’ll help you stay on course to a happy and healthy you!

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Dr. Craig H. Thomajan, DPM, FACFAS, FAENS
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