If you develop leg pain after running or other exercises due to shin splints, you can find help at Quantum Foot and Ankle Group, PC. Experienced podiatrist J. Adrian Wright, DPM, MS, offers comprehensive shin splints treatment at the concierge podiatry office in Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey. Dr. Wright provides onsite diagnostic testing, including Verity® computed CT scans, and can customize a treatment plan for medications and custom orthotics to ease your pain. Call or book an appointment online today to learn more about shin splints treatment.
Shin splints refers to tenderness, swelling, and pain along the inner edge of the shin bone (tibia) in your lower leg. The pain of shin splints results from inflammation in the tendons and muscles that attach to your shin bone.
This type of pain is often a side effect of repetitive physical activity like running or sports. If you’re a dancer or runner, you’re at high risk for shin splints. You may also be prone to persistent shin pain if you have very high arches or flat feet.
If you have sharp or throbbing shin pain that doesn’t get better with rest or over-the-counter medications, Dr. Wright recommends that you schedule a diagnostic evaluation at Quantum Foot and Ankle Group, PC.
During your evaluation, he physically examines your leg to locate areas of swelling and tenderness. Dr. Wright also discusses your exercise routine to identify factors that contribute to your pain.
You may need diagnostic imaging tests, like Verity CT scans or X-rays, to assess inflammation in the soft tissues near your shin bone. Dr. Wright may also request these tests to ensure you don’t have stress fractures in your shin bone.
To relieve the discomfort of shin splints, Dr. Wright customizes a shin splint treatment plan based on your pain’s frequency and severity.
You may benefit from pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory medications. Dr. Wright might also suggest ice therapy several times a day to treat swelling near your shin bone. Rest is important for easing shin splint pain and you may need to limit physical activity when you’re feeling shin discomfort or pain.
Dr. Wright works with you on a prevention plan to reduce the frequency of shin splints. He can prescribe custom orthotics that you insert into your shoe to provide more cushioning support for your feet and legs while you exercise. He may recommend changes to your physical activity to protect your muscles, tendons, and ligaments.
Learn more about available shin splints treatments by calling Quantum Foot and Ankle Group, PC or by scheduling an appointment online today.