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Runners - Shut Down Shin Splints!

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Labor Day is approaching and in New Haven, CT that means the 36th Annual Stratton Faxon New Haven Road Race is just around the corner! This race started in 1978 with just 1200 runners and not only won the “Race of the Month” award in 2009 from Runner’s World but now boasts a crowd of nearly 7000 runners.

There are many risks runners take both in training for and running in a race. Cramps, ankle sprains, bruised toenails and tired feet can creep up on any runner. Another common problem for runners is shin splints. This condition can be particularly painful and is generally caused when muscle and bone tissue in the leg is overworked. The repetitive activity of your feet pounding the pavement can lead to swelling and tenderness along the inner part of your lower leg.

I am getting ready for a race, how can I avoid shin splints?

  • Build up your training program slowly if you are just starting out. If your muscles are not ready for a 20K they will let you now. The duration, intensity and frequency of your running need to increase gradually to avoid an injury such as shin splints.
  • Get the best shoe for your foot type. If you are not sure, make an appointment with our expert staff for a full evaluation of your feet and learn more about what types of shoes you should be wearing.
  • Implement cross training into your routine. Alternate running with walking, swimming or biking.
  • Try a pair of custom orthotics in your shoes to support and stabilize your feet.

If you are gearing up for a race, take a pit stop into our podiatric office to make sure your feet are up to the task. There is nothing more deflating than having your training end with an injury. Make an appointment with Connecticut podiatrist Dr. Sanjay Patel at Family Foot Care & Surgery today. Call us in Milford, CT (203) 876-7736 or Hamden, CT (203) 288-4055.

Dr. Sanjay V. Patel
Dr. Patel has over 20 years of experience in the field of podiatric medicine and podiatric surgery.
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