Shin Splints

Shin splints, a common condition, happen when the muscles or tendons surrounding the leg bone become inflamed, irritated, and painful, which can result from overuse, a collapsing arch, stress [term=’fractures’]fractures[/term] in the lower leg bones, or imbalance between opposite leg muscle groups. They frequently occur in runners and dancers.
Shin splints can be treated with rest, ice, and over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications (ask your doctor first).
Shin splints can be prevented by properly [term=’ankle-and-lower-leg-stretching-exercises’]stretching[/term] prior to and after exercise, sports, or activity. Corrective shoes or corrective orthotics can also be used to prevent shin splints.