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March Madness is quickly approaching with the first round set to begin March 19, 2013. Sixty-eight of Collegiate America’s top teams will meet on the hardwood for great basketball action. Whether you’re a long time fan, or a newcomer to “The Big Dance,” don’t miss the opportunity to follow your favorite team.
Athletes have prepared all season for the chance to play in this tournament; unfortunately, some will never make it to the first round game due to injury. With quick stops and pivots, basketball players put excessive strain on their feet, ankles, and lower legs.
The bone at the front of the lower leg, the tibia (or shin), and its surrounding muscles and tendons, is especially prone to inflammation when overstressed. The painful condition that results is commonly known as shin splints. Symptoms of this common basketball condition include: some swelling, tenderness to the touch, and pain that goes away during rest.
Players who have flat feet or high arches are at an increased risk for shin splints. These foot mechanics issues do not allow for the even distribution of weight across the foot. Excessive turning in of the ankle (over-pronation) results, and the shin area experiences additional strain.
Treatment for shin splints requires sitting on the bench. Rest, icing, and anti-inflammatory medications are typically prescribed, so it’s always best to take yourself out of the game at the first sign of shin pain. Another solution includes making sure that you have proper fitting and supportive footwear. Whether you play basketball, run, or enjoy some other quick, high-impact activity, your shoes should absorb shock, provide support for your specific foot mechanics, and have a wide base. Custom orthotics are often helpful.
Whether you run, play tennis or soccer, or play an occasional pick-up game, shin splints can affect you. Dr. Marco Vargas understands the stress that your feet, ankles, and lower legs experience during exercise. If you’re experiencing pain, call Dr. Vargas to learn more about your condition and treatment options. To make an appointment, call (281) 313-0090 or schedule an appointment here.