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Splint (Definition)

A splint can be any type of external protection device designed to shield a bone or joint from injury. It may be used prophylactically to prevent injury or protect an injured bone or ...Read more


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What to do about shin splints and calf pain due to running?

What to do about shin splints and calf pain due to running?

Several Options...: "shin splint" typically refers to pain on the front of the lower leg, but can present in the back. Pain in this area may come from medial tibial stress syndrome (mtss), stress fractures, or compartment syndrome. Identifying the underlying reason for your pain can then help with a specific plan of care. Treatments usually consist of rest, stretching, ice, massage, or orthotics. (drmarkgalland. Com). ...Read more

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What should I do about shin splints, calf pain due to running?

What should I do about shin splints, calf pain due to running?

Ice, rest, stretch: Usually this problem is secondary to running on a hard
surface or repetitive activity. Treatment is ice massage, nsaids,
rest and stretching. Also your running shoes lose their
cushioning function before they wear out visually. So if you
run on a regular basis, replace your shoes every 6-8 months. ...Read more

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Had some pain in my shin after a workout few days ago. Now the pain is gone but have a slight swelling in my calf. Is this shin splints or clot?

Had some pain in my shin after a workout few days ago. Now the pain is gone but have a slight swelling in my calf. Is this shin splints or clot?

DVT/Clot: If you are even slightly concerned about a DVT (deep vein thrombosis) get to an emergency room, cardiologist or Podiatrist IMMEDIATELY. This is a life-threatening problem and must be dealt with immediately. Signs of DVT are swelling (usually only one leg), pain, redness. If you squeeze the calf and it hurts badly, get to a doctor ...Read more

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Took creatine mono for 2 months 5 grams a day and experiencing shin splints and pressure calfs. Can it cause compression syndrome. Stop and go away?

Took creatine mono for 2 months 5 grams a day and experiencing shin splints and pressure calfs. Can it cause compression syndrome. Stop and go away?

Cramps: You can experience dehydration & muscle cramps with creatine. By "compression" syndrome, I think you refer to "compartment syndrome", which Creatine could theoretically induce. But in my understanding it has either never caused a clinical compartment syndrome, or the occurrence is very rare. Hope that helps. Stay well hydrated. ...Read more

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For the past few months I have been getting pains in my left shin & calf when I run. I sae a doc about 2 months ago who said it was shin splints but I took 2 weeks off & its still there. What should I do?

For the past few months I have been getting pains in my left shin & calf when I run. I sae a doc about 2 months ago who said it was shin splints but I took 2 weeks off & its still there. What should I do?

See orthopedic specialist: It may be that you have not treated problem with physical therapy. Anti-inflammatory medications can help also. However it may be coming from your spine also. I would recommend seeing an orthopedic specialist and get evaluated. ...Read more

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Just recovered from calf strains. After 2weeks of light running I go to soccer practice and shin splints flare up. How can I heal them&keep playing?

Just recovered from calf strains. After 2weeks of light running I go to soccer practice and shin splints flare up. How can I heal them&keep playing?

Several Options...: "shin splint" typically refers to pain on the front of the lower leg, . Pain in this area may come from medial tibial stress syndrome (mtss), stress fractures, or compartment syndrome. Identifying the underlying reason for your pain can then help with a specific plan of care. Treatments usually consist of rest, stretching, ice, massage, or orthotics. (drmarkgalland. Com). ...Read more

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I've got like this sharp pain in my calf like on the bone in front. Could it be a shin splint?

I've got like this sharp pain in my calf like on the bone in front. Could it be a shin splint?

It is possible.: Could be a shin splint, but could be a number of other things. Have it evaluated by a professional. ...Read more

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I took my first spin class today, after some time as a runner. I now have tenderness and localized swelling in my calf. Is this a shin splint?

I took my first spin class today, after some time as a runner. I now have tenderness and localized swelling in my calf. Is this a shin splint?

Calf strain.: It doesn't sound like shin splints. Sounds more like exertional strain on the calf muscle, probably due to the stress of the new exercise. ...Read more

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Symptoms of shin splints are what kinds of leg symptoms?

Symptoms of shin splints are what kinds of leg symptoms?

Let me advice you: Tenderness, soreness or pain along the inner part of your lower leg, mild swelling in your lower leg, at first, the pain may stop when you stop running or exercising. Eventually, however, the pain may be continuous. When get worse check with your doctor. ...Read more

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I have running shin splints and leg sore?

I have running shin splints and leg sore?

Physical Therapy: Assuming that you have gone to an appropriate Doctor and the cause of your symptoms is not apparent and imaging is negative, you want to treat the symptoms. I have worked with athletes with similar problems, and have developed a physical therapy program for use at home. You can google "DrNefcy. Com" and click on arthrogram advise, or google "Principles of Intrinsic Medicine" for an email link to me. ...Read more

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My leg pains a lot because of shin splints specially when I run. I started doing stretching but it does not help. What should I do?

My leg pains a lot because of shin splints specially when I run. I started doing stretching but it does not help. What should I do?

Stress fracture: Stress fractures are often diagnosed es shin splints. If the pain is worse as you are exercising, it may be the stress fracture. They heal by relative rest. If it hurts you cannot do it. Requires about two months. Sometimes a cast is needed. ...Read more

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What is shin splints and what should I do to treat them? I have just started training for my first half marathon and lately I have been getting pain in the front of my lower leg. It almost feels that I can not finish my even my 5 mile runs. It has been

What is shin splints and what should I do to treat them? I have just started training for my first half marathon and lately I have been getting pain in the front of my lower leg. It almost feels that I can not finish my even my 5 mile runs. It has been

Shin: Shin splints is an inflammation of the ligaments and surrounding tissue that runs along the bone in the front of your lower leg (the tibia). This is common in marathon runners such as yourself because of the sheer force you are dealing with as you run and pound the pavement. This is what causes the damage.
The treatment is what I like to call rice: rest, ice, compression (ace bandage) and elevation. Also take a few weeks off to give yourself time to heal. In addition you can take an over the counter anti-inflammatory medication such as advil (ibuprofen) or Ibuprofen as directed.
Give yourself some time, and you will be back to running very soon. If your problem worsens or persists seek care from your doctor right away.
Good luck. ...Read more

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Are shin splints the same as cramps in lower leg muscles?

Are shin splints the same as cramps in lower leg muscles?

No: Shin splints occur in the front along shin, cramps occur in back in muscle belly proper. .... Usualy the gastrocnemius muscle. ...Read more

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What is the difference between shin splints and cramps in the lower leg muscles? Or are they the same thing?

What is the difference between shin splints and cramps in the lower leg muscles? Or are they the same thing?

Shin: Splints, happen on the front part of lower legs, usually from some sort of activity such as running. Cramps can happen any where in the leg. The symptoms in shin splints usually do not include cramping of the legs. ...Read more

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I have started jogging regularly and have developed pains in the front of my lower leg which my doctor says are shin splints. He has advised me to rest. Is there anything else I can do?

Yes: I used to get shin splints all the time when I ran. I found that the most helpful stretch was for the achilles tendons prior to running. Basically, go to some stairs that have railings on both sides. Place one foot on a step with the heel hanging off the step and let it drop down while holding on with your arms on the railings. This will stretch the achilles. There are other achilles stretches too. ...Read more

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What exercises can I do to prevent shin splints and lower leg pain after running?

What exercises can I do to prevent shin splints and lower leg pain after running?

Stretches: Shin splints are frustrating for sure! Tight heel cords (achilles tendons in the back of the leg at the ankle) can contribute, so doing stretches for that muscle before and after running can help-wall push-ups with legs straight, etc. See link for that and other suggestions: http://tinyurl. Com/d5qxtk4. ...Read more

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I have MS. I've been having bad shin splints and my left leg from knee down is swollen for weeks. What is this?

I have MS. I've been having bad shin splints and my left leg from knee down is swollen for weeks. What is this?

Left leg: Your local swelling is not due to the MS, and is more likely an issue regarding inflammation or venous congestion. Would recommend ultrasound imaging as possible that you could be experiencing thrombophlebitis in left leg veins, but you do need evaluation from your doctor also. ...Read more

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Lower left leg pain. Sharp but doesn't hinder anything. No known bruising. Just above shin but it isn't on the bone so not shin splints I think?

Lower left leg pain. Sharp but doesn't hinder anything. No known bruising. Just above shin but it isn't on the bone so not shin splints I think?

Could be Shin splint: Shin splints are not necessarily on the bone. What happens is that the muscle belly gets pulled from the bone, but the pain can be palpated on the muscle itself. Have to know why, what activity were you doing, etc. Rest, ice area and see if pain goes away. If not, seek medical attention. ...Read more

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My entire left leg is swollen, while my right leg isn't. When I run, my left ankle/shin burns, but not like shin splints. What could be wrong?

My entire left leg is swollen, while my right leg isn't. When I run, my left ankle/shin burns, but not like shin splints. What could be wrong?

Be seen: This could be a few things, but most worrisome is compartment syndrome which can be an emergency. I would ice the leg and see a doctor soon. ...Read more

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How do I know if my anteromedial leg pain is a shin splint, & how do to treat it as quickly as possible so I can resume running? Started running 6 weeks ago. Was up to 4 mile runs until this pain got too intense to continue. I think the pain is slightly m

How do I know if my anteromedial leg pain is a shin splint, & how do to treat it as quickly as possible so I can resume running? Started running 6 weeks ago. Was up to 4 mile runs until this pain got too intense to continue. I think the pain is slightly m

PEMF: Pulse electromagnetic therapy works very well for periostitis. I had a personal injury due to trying to lift a microwave and scraped this on my shin. The induration and hematoma immediately got better with pemf but the induration lasted total of 10 days. In addition you might need cat's claw and essential fatty acids to relieve pain. Handheld pemf device is available from http://almagia. Com. ...Read more

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Can a shin splint cause ache to inner leg below tibia? Ran Sat. & inflamed it but haven't since. Rice/med. Is it normal to feel pull or twinge/weak?

Post running pain: Shin splints r usually a consequence of repetitive running by increasing ones distance or time running too quickly. If one has inner leg pain after one run it is more likely to be a Muscle strain. Keep up with regimen of rice and decrease running time at least by 30-40% ...Read more

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I have a vitamin B12 deficiency with leg cramps and anterior shin splint. Will it get cured forever or not. Will I be able to jog henceforth?

I have a vitamin B12 deficiency with leg cramps and anterior shin splint. Will it get cured forever or not. Will I be able to jog henceforth?

Probably: Leg cramping is due to venous disease (venous incompetence), heavy exercise, prolonged standing/working on legs, low potassium, calcium, magnesium. Vit B12 def can cause neurological symptoms like numbness/tingling, but has no bearing on cramping. Shin splint is muscle strain of anterior/posterior tibialis muscle from overuse. After rest/rehab you may resume jogging. ...Read more

Dr. Mark Galland
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Shin Splints (Definition)

An acute pain in the shin and lower leg caused by prolonged running, ...Read more