Shin Splints Specialist

Dr. Frank Henry, Foot & Ankle Specialist

Foot and Ankle Specialist located in Victoria, TX & Marble Falls, TX

As one of the most common exercise-related issues, shin splints can lead to agonizing pain along your shinbone. Whether you’re experiencing lower leg pain for the first time or have ongoing issues with shin splints, you can get the relief you need with Dr. Frank Henry, Foot and Ankle Specialist. With practice locations in Victoria and Marble Falls, Texas, you have an office nearby to schedule a shin splints evaluation. Book your visit online, or call either location directly.

Shin Splints Q & A

What are the symptoms of shin splints?

 

Shin splints cause pain and discomfort down the front of your lower leg, right along the edge of your tibia (shinbone). The symptoms you experience with shin splints can be mild or severe and can include:

  • Dull to sharp throbbing
  • Soreness or tenderness
  • Inflammation or swelling

Shin splints don’t just flare up during exercise either. The discomfort you have can linger on long after exercise or sporting events.

Why do I get shin splints?

Shin splints, which are often linked to posterior tibial syndrome, usually occur as a result of exercise and sports injuries. Typically, shin splints develop because of repetitive stress or activity, which leads to muscle and bone tissue strain. Your risk of suffering from shin splints increases due to:

  • Training on hills
  • Having flat feet or tight arches
  • Beginning longer or more intense training sessions
  • Wearing improper or ill-fitting shoes while exercising
  • Suddenly increasing your physical activity, as with weekend warriors

 

One thing’s for certain when it comes to shin splints: They affect your training and sporting performance. No matter how minor or how severe your shin splints may seem, you have options for treatment with Dr. Frank Henry.

How are shin splints treated?

When you meet with Dr. Frank Henry for your shin splints evaluation, he may request in-office diagnostic or ultrasound imaging to get to the root of your shin splints and rule out similar pain-causing issues (like stress fractures). Once he better understands your condition, he can get you started on a shin splint treatment plan, which may include:

  • Custom orthotics
  • Physical therapy
  • Daily targeted stretches
  • Rest, ice, and compression
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)

Dr. Frank Henry also spends time counseling you on preventive measures. For instance, you can decrease your risk of future shin splints by cross training and learning to slowly build up your fitness level. Dr. Frank Henry works with you to ensure you recover from shin splints and return to 100% as soon as possible, so you don’t have to spend too much time on the sidelines.

If you suffer from shin splints, you can get fast and effective treatment with Dr. Frank Henry. Book your shin splints evaluation online or over the phone today.

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