Given that the city of Richardson, TX has over 40 miles of trails, it is no surprise that we have a vibrant running community. Running is a fantastic exercise and the men and women who take to the trails do so for fitness and fun, but the unfortunate reality is that any physical activity comes with the inherent risk of injury. For runners, a prime example of this is shin splints. This injury can cause pain, swelling, and tenderness, but conservative shin splint treatment can take care of these quite well.
Here at Richardson Podiatry Associates, we can diagnose the condition and provide a recommended treatment plan, but the simple truth of the matter is that some basic self-care measures for shin splints can be quite effective, including:
- Rest. Taking time away from activities that result in discomfort, swelling, or pain will give your body time to properly heal from the injury. Now, this doesn’t mean that you have to give up all activities. Low-impact ones, like water running, swimming, or bicycling, can help you stay in shape while your shins strengthen and heal.
- Ice. Icing the affected shin is a great way to relieve pain and swelling. Wrap ice or an ice pack in a thin towel and then apply to the shin 4-8 times a day for several days. Keep the wrapped ice on the shin for about 15-20 minutes per session for optimal results.
- Medication. Contact our office for dosage information first, but acetaminophen, ibuprofen, and naproxen sodium can be used to reduce pain and swelling.
These are actions you can take to relieve pain and get back to your running routine on your own, but a severe case may require professional shin splint treatment. If these remedies have not helped, or if you would like more information, contact Richardson Podiatry Associates today. Give our Richardson, TX office a call at (972) 690-5374 or take advantage of our online form to schedule your appointment.