Shin Splints Specialist
Shin splints are the results of vigorous exercises, overuse from repetitive sports activities or a sudden change in the level of physical activity. Runners, military recruits and dancers are at a high risk of developing shin splints. Shin splints specialist, Dr. Kelechi Okoroha provides diagnosis and individualized non-surgical and surgical management for shin splints in Minneapolis. Contact Dr. Okoroha’s team for an appointment today!
What are Shin Splints?
Shin splints or medial tibial stress syndrome (MTSS) is pain around the tibia or shinbone due to inflammation of the tendons, muscles and bone tissue. It occurs because of vigorous exercises and sports activities.
What Causes Shin Splints?
The common causes of shin splints are overuse from repetitive sports activities or a sudden change in the level of physical activity. Flat feet or rigid foot arches, and the use of inappropriate or worn-out footwear while exercising may increase your risk of developing shin splints. Runners, military recruits and dancers are at a high risk of developing shin splints.
When a shin splints is suspected, it is important to schedule an orthopedic consultation for proper examination and care. Dr. Kelechi Okoroha is a shin splints specialist who provides detailed examination and care for patients with shin splints in Minneapolis, St. Paul, Rochester, Eden Prairie, Minnetonka, Minnesota and beyond.
What are the Symptoms of Shin Splints?
The common symptoms of shin splints include pain in the front side of the lower leg, which can be sharp or dull, throbbing or sore to the touch. Pain may also be associated with mild swelling.
How are Shin Splints diagnosed?
Dr. Okoroha will diagnose the condition through a physical examination of your lower leg and may order imaging tests to rule out other problems.
What are the Treatment Options for Shin Splints?
After careful review of your history and examination, Dr. Okoroha will provide an individualized treatment plan to help you return to your normal function.
The treatment for shin splints may include nonsurgical options such as:
- Rest: Ensure that you take adequate rest and avoid activities that cause pain. You can instead perform low-impact exercises, such as swimming or stationary bicycling.
- Medication: Dr. Okoroha may prescribe non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication to reduce pain and swelling.
- Ice: Apply ice packs wrapped in a cloth on the affected area for 15-20 minutes, four times a day for several days. Never place ice directly over the skin.
- Compression: Wrap your leg in an elastic bandage to reduce swelling.
- Flexibility exercises: Perform stretching exercises to reduce pain and improve muscle strength.
- Supportive shoes: Wear shoes that provide good cushioning and support the feet as they help reduce stress on the shinbone.
- Orthotics: Shoe inserts may be helpful.
Surgical treatment is an option that is considered only in very severe cases when conservative methods fail to relieve the pain.
How can you Prevent Shin Splints?
Shin splints can be prevented by following these measures:
- Wear well-fitting athletic shoes with good support.
- Warm up and stretch the leg muscles before starting any vigorous activities.
- Start any new activity slowly and progress gradually by increasing the duration and frequency of the exercise regimen.
If you have experienced shin splints, please contact Dr. Kelechi Okoroha, orthopedic knee specialist treating patients in Minneapolis, St. Paul, Rochester, Eden Prairie, Minnetonka, Minnesota and beyond.