Shin Splints

Shin Splints Are A Common Complaint

Among athletes of every level, from competitive athletes to middle school kids running three laps around the gym.  However, anyone can get shin splints. Also known as tibial fasciitis, shin splints are an overuse injury that results in inflammation of the muscle that attaches to the shin bone. It’s painful, reoccurring, and often is resistant to treatment.

Patients with shin splints complain of pain or tenderness in the shins that seems to increase when they are walking or exercising. The discomfort might fade a bit while they’re exercising, but it usually comes back full force after they cool down.

What Causes Shin Splints?

This painful nuisance can be caused by,

  • Over-pronation
  • Incorrect shoe
  • Failure to properly stretch
  • Running on hard surfaces
  • Overtraining
  • Inflexible calf muscles
  • We particularly see a lot of patients that are either starting a new exercise routine or have joined a new sport, because their bodies are not used to this new type of work out.

Treatment Options

When treating shin splints, we take steps to reduce the pain and prevent them from coming back. Some options for treatment include,

  • Strengthening exercises and stretches
  • Changing the type of shoes you wear
  • Custom orthotics that will reduce stress on the muscle
  • Physical therapy

We often combine these with anti-inflammatory medications, rest and ice applications. For athletes opposed to rest, we can recommend alternate activities that will allow you to keep in shape while letting the shins heal, such as biking and swimming.

If you are experiencing foot pain, call our office or make an online appointment


Staff was extremely friendly and professional. They took us back immediately and no waiting for doctor to come in. Dr Settles-Carter was amazing with my little girl. She took her time and explained every detail to my daughter. As we were leaving my little girl said Dr Settles-Carter was the best doctor ever. Coming from a 10yr old.

Bert King

It took some work, and patience, but my feet are much better now. Dr. Freels worked with me to find exercises, and more importantly, the right shoe to wear. So nice not to dread going into work, for the pain of simply walking. Despite what another review here says, they've never tried to sell me any shoes there, have always left the choice up to me.

Robert Griffith

The staff was very courteous. However, the care provided by Dr. Carter and the staff in the back was exceptional! I finally had answers for my health concerns and issues and a course or plan of treatment including the costs of the services they provide. I especially liked the hours of operation...I can see a doctor for the treatment I need without having to use my personal and sick days! Love the flexibility. Lastly, the ambiance esthetics were relaxing and beautiful.

Bonnie Ogle Taylor

The entire staff at Lexington Podiatry was very welcoming and friendly. Jill went out of her way to make sure my daughter was taken care of. We appreciate being seen so quickly (it would have taken weeks to have seen an orthopedist for her foot injury). Now, she is on the road to recovery! Great office, thanks everyone!

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Had a great experience! Everyone was very nice, it was clean, the doctor took time to listen to me. She showed me my x-rays and explained them to me. I would recommend them to family and friends.

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