Basically, any type of strenuous, repeated stress on your feet and legs can create painful problems. Runners, especially beginners, are prone to this common condition. You can get shin splints if you’re increasing your workout intensity, running on a harder surface like cement, working out on hills and uneven terrain, or undergoing intense military training. Overpronation and overuse are also common causes of shin splints. All of these activities put too much stress on the shinbone and the tissues attached to it.

Foot types like flat feet and high arches can also be factors. The right shoes and the right arch supports for your foot structure can greatly eliminate pain. You can also try icing and resting the area, since swollen muscles and inflammation also contribute to pain in your shins. One of the more serious causes of shin splints could be stress fractures, which are tiny cracks in the bone.

If your shin splints don’t heal after a few months, consider calling the McDowell Orthopedics & Podiatry Group at (916) 961-3434. We serve the greater Sacramento area and other communities surrounding our office in Carmichael, CA.

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