Given that dancers are listed as susceptible to shin splints, I’m fortunate that I have never dealt with them. As the pain can start mildly, it’s something that many often shrug off as a minor problem. However, if they are ignored, the problem can become much worse, so it’s best to see your physical therapist or healthcare provider sooner rather than later.
How to treat shin splints
Simply put, when you have pain in the shin bone or tibia (the front of your lower leg), you have shin splints. Most common in runners and dancers, shin splints can be caused by overuse or overtraining, or musculoskeletal issues like ankle instability or flat feet.
When you experience such pain, especially while exercising, it is best to back off from activity. If the pain continues, says Lisa Cox, “medical care should be sought sooner than later.” A certified athletic trainer at Clinton Physical Therapy Center (a Physiquality member in Tennessee), Lisa explains that those who wait 3 – 4 weeks to seek treatment often have longer recovery times than those who seek treatment sooner.