Sports Medicine FAQs

Athletes are at a high risk for injuriesWhy do I need to rest when I have shin splints?

There are several different reasons why rest for shin splints is important. Taking time away from high-impact physical activities allows damaged tissues in the lower leg—including muscles, tendons, and bone—to be repaired through the body’s natural healing processes. Resting also reduces the risk of greater damage (like stress fractures) being sustained. Finally, continued performance of high-impact activities can be rather painful.

With this in mind, it is important to be able to recognize shin splint symptoms early. These include a gradual onset of pain at the front of your shins that tends to be greatest during, or immediately following, physical activity. There may also be mild swelling and tenderness.

Most of the initial shin splint treatment options—especially the RICE method (rest, ice, compression, elevation)—can be effectively performed at home. If you have a lingering injury, though, be sure to contact us and find out how we can help. Call our Manalapan, NJ office at (732) 446-7136 for more information. You can also request an appointment with A Step Up Podiatry, LLC online today.

When is it time to replace my running shoes?

It is important to know when to replace running shoes. Running in a pair that is worn down can lead to potential health issues, including runner’s knee, shin splints, and iliotibial band problems. Further, issues in the lower body can lead to ones higher up, like pain in the hips and lower back.

Instead of putting your body at risk, simply make sure to change out your running shoes when they become worn out. Experts disagree a little about the actual range of mileage, but the more conservative approach is to replace shoes every 300 miles. Most experts in the field are inclined to think that 500 miles is fairly realistic for a pair of well-constructed running shoes.

Of course, it is also a good idea to inspect running footwear yourself, looking for excessive wear and checking on the cushioning and supportive features.

If you would like assistance deciding if it is time to pick up a new pair of running shoes, we can certainly help. Contact A Step Up Podiatry, LLC, online today or schedule your appointment with our Manalapan, NJ office by calling (732) 446-7136.

How do I get rid of shin splints?

Pain along the front of your shin bones can really slow you down, but you can do things to help them heal. Treatment for shin splints is conservative in nature and includes:

  • Rest – Your body simply needs some time to heal.
  • Ice – Applying an ice pack or ice wrapped in a thin towel every 3-4 hours for 20-30 minutes will help to ease the swelling and pain.
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) – Contact our office for advice, but these medications can further help reduce swelling and pain from shin splints.
  • Orthotics – Whether customized for your feet or bought over-the-counter, shoe inserts can offer greater arch support.

These methods can help relieve your shin splints, but you may need professional care for a severe case or a recurring issue. When that happens to you, don’t hesitate to contact A Step Up Podiatry, LLC. We can provide the care you need for any foot or ankle condition or injury that is caused by biomechanical processes in your lower limbs. You can call our Manalapan, NJ office at (732) 446-7136 or schedule an appointment online.