Shin Splints Blooming in the Spring Season

running injuries Internet searches for information about shin splints peak in the spring season, according to Google data.  Doctors confirm the logical assumption that heightened searches correspond to heightened instances.  “We see more people in early spring than we do any other time of the year,” said family medicine and sports medicine practitioner Dr. Silvis.

Doctors blame the increase in physical activity during warm weather after a season of inactivity for the springtime shin-splint trend.  “When the weather starts to get nice, people get excited and start running again, and they just haven't been doing it for a while,” said Dr. Silvis. “When people do too much too quickly, it causes a lot of stress on that bone and the bone responds by becoming inflamed and sore."

Running injuries require proper attention to prevent development into more serious conditions. If you are experiencing pain in the feet or ankles caused by physical activity, consider seeing Dr. Andrew H. Cohen, D.P.M., of the Mid-Michigan Foot and Ankle Center. Dr. Cohen will provide proper care for your podiatric needs.

How to Prevent Running Injuries

Many common running injuries are caused by overuse and overtraining. When the back of the kneecap starts wearing out and starts causing pain in your knee, this is commonly referred to as runner’s knee. Runner’s knee is a decrease in strength in your quadriceps and can occur if you’re not wearing properly fitted or supporting shoes. Runner’s knee usually is treated with strengthening exercises focusing on the quad muscles and sports orthotic. To prevent runner’s knee, focusing on hip strengthening is a good idea, as well as strengthening your quads to keep the kneecaps aligned. Physical therapy can help you learn the best exercises to heal runner’s knee.

What Are Some Causes of Running Injuries?

- One cause of a common running injury is called iliotibial band syndrome.
- Plantar fasciitis is also another common injury.
- Stress fractures can occur from overtraining, lack of calcium, or even your running style.

Best Ways to Prevent Running Injuries

- Wear footwear that fits properly and suits your running needs.
- Running shoes are the only protective gear that runners have to safeguard them from injury.

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