‘Tis the season to run, due to such beautiful weather we are having. However, watch out for shin splints, also known as medial tibial stress syndrome, is a condition that causes mild to severe shin pain. This condition can last for several weeks, and even longer if the affected area is not given enough time to rest and recover.  There are a variety of mechanical issues that can develop into shin splints, but pain from shin splints is caused by repeated stress on the tibia and connected tissues.  Overpronation of the foot or ankle is a common cause of shin splints because it puts additional stress on the calf muscles and shin bone. This is more common in runners and dancers.

Here are some things you can do to treat this at home:

–              Ice the shins after running or dancing

–              STRETCH – both before and after exercise

–              Anti-inflammatories if needed, like Advil/Motrin

–              REST, I know, this is easier said than done when talking about kids