How to Cure Shin Splints

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Shin splits can be treated through rest and calf stretches that help relieve the tension in the shin. Eliminate the discomfort of shin splints with health information from a physical therapy doctor in this free video on sports medicine.

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Hi, my name is Patrick McCarthy. I'm a doctor of physical therapy here at Wilmington Orthopedic Group. Today I'm going to talk to you about shin splits. Shin splints are commonly picked up when, you know athletes are running for a good amount of time. If there's a muscle imbalance, maybe there's some tightness in the calf muscle or even in the intrinsic muscles of the foot. A few common ways that people get them or even if they're running for instance at track practice, football practice, and they come to an abrupt stop, that quick stretch motion of the foot slapping the floor is something that can really bring about the shin splits. Shin splits generally, like they're thought of as almost tendinitis in the front part of the leg known as the tibialis anterior muscle. So you kind of have to treat it with a little bit of rest and also stretches. So some stretches that you can perform are you know just your basic calf stretches but also maybe stretches just lying with your feet flat and and you're laying back on to your heels. That can kind of help stretch out the front part of the shins and is one way to treat for shin splits.

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