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Shin Splints

What is “Shin Splints”?

Shin Splints are usually described as pain in the lower leg or shin. Runners, dancers, tennis players and soccer players are most likely to develop this condition. If you have shin splints, you will experience leg pain below the knee, either on the front outside or inside part of the leg, known as shin splints.

The most common muscle involved with shin splints is the tibialis anterior. This muscle becomes stressed and hypertonic from repetitive activities such as running. The foot tends to go into hyperpronation as the athlete engages in activities that involve running or significant stress to the feet. As the medial arch of the foot collapses and rolls inward, it causes an elongation of the anterior tibialis muscle and tendon. This abnormal stretching force will cause an elongation of the tibialis anterior, which will results in a stretch reflex.  If it continues stressing this muscle group will lead to chronic and disabling shin splints.


Natural treatment remedy:

Shin splints often heal on their own. Because the body has the ability to heal itself, allow yourself time to heal! Remember nothing is quick fix in life, patience is the most important thing to have, just wait for it to heal itself. Do not cover the pain with loads of medication that has the danger of side effect in your organs.
Rest your body from any activities that causes your shin splint. It needs time to heal. Generosa PPPT technique therapy can help to bring in blood supply into the area for nutrients and oxygen and to flush out those toxins that are accumulated. Then, ice your shin to ease the pain and swelling. Do it for 10-30 minutes every 3 to 4 hours for 2 to 3 days, or until the pain is gone.

There are over the counter drugs like anti-inflammatory painkillers. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), like ibuprofen, naproxen, or aspirin, will help you with pain and swelling. But these drugs can have side effects of greater chance of bleeding and ulcers. Make the right choices. You have the power to heal it if you believe in yourself.

Put an arch support in your shoes. You can have custom made shoes, but they are very expensive, or you can buy a good shoe insert that fits your foot from the store, just look for it.

Apply ranging of motion exercises, and to support your leg, use neoprene to keep it warm.

Get Generosa PPPT or physical therapy to strengthen the surrounding muscles in your shins.

If severe stress fracture that caused your shin splints you may need a surgery, just check with your doctor.


Healed Shin Splints

You will know that your shin splits has healed if :

The injured leg is as flexible as your other leg;
Feels strong as your other leg;
You can jog, sprint, and jump without any pain or discomfort;
The X-rays are normal or show stress fractures have healed.

We cannot know exactly when your shin splints will go away. It depends on what’s causing them. People also heal at different times, some people heal it 2 to 6 months, is not unusual.

The main important thing is not to rush back into your sport. If you start exercising before your shin splints have healed, you may injure yourself permanently.

During the healing process you can do activities that are low impact like swimming.


How to Prevent Shin Splints

  • Wear shoes with good support and padding.
  • Warm up before working out,
  • make sure to stretch the muscles in your legs.
  • Do not continue to  work  out if you feel pain in your shins.
  • Do not run or play on hard surfaces like concrete.
  • Do not run on uneven surface


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The information shared here is not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified health care professional and is not intended as medical advice. Our intention is sharing of knowledge and information from research and experience. We encourages you to make your own health care decisions based upon your research and in partnership with a qualified health care professional.