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Running Injury FAQs

Exploring medical options to cope with pain can be very overwhelming, and it can be hard to know where to start. Here, we share our most commonly asked questions from people just like you. Whether you are wondering what is causing your pain or trying to find out what treatment options are available to you, find answers here in our frequently asked questions section.

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  • Can I keep running with shin splints?

    Runner with shin splintsWhile you could continue running with shin splints, doing so will make it much harder for you to recover. This running injury develops when your lower limbs are overworked. The hard pounding from your feet striking the ground stresses your shins, inflaming the tissues there. The more you run, the more you aggravate the problem and the more your shins will hurt.

    The best way to recover from shin splints is to take a break from running and cross-train with low impact activities instead. Ice your shins regularly, especially when they are painful, to decrease inflammation and any swelling. Stretch and strengthen your lower limbs, too, particularly your calves. There seems to be a correlation between weak calves and shin splint pain, so strong calves may help prevent it. You might need to change your shoes or wear custom orthotics to control your biomechanics as well. If you’re having trouble with shin splint pain, let Dr. Darren Silvester at Next Step Foot & Ankle Clinic in Pleasanton, TX, help you. Call (830) 569-3338 or use our website to contact us.