Sports Medicine/Shin splints

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Hello!
I am a dancer, and I've been experiencing a really painful case of shin splints. I began dance this year, and have been excelling at it, and I have also had an entire lifetime of skiing, softball, and golf. The pain I am experiencing is along the insides of my shins, running from me ankle to about a third of the way up to my knee. It occurred last week, and has been getting steadily worse throughout this week, as our hours have greatly increased due to upcoming performances. It is extremely painful for me to dance, as I am up on the balls of my feet, and transferring my weight a lot during my dances. Today, it got to the point where it was even painful to go up or down stairs, and at times to walk. Laying down, they throb and exude a dull, faint pain. The best thing, I've read, is rest, but we have performances for the next two weeks, and if I miss a day I will be cut from the dance that I have been preparing for for the past 6 months. I need your help very much. Does this sound like an extreme case of shin splints? what are possible consequences of my continued dance for the next two weeks, anything permanent? Is there anything I can do to alleviate the pain? Would kinesio tape help? Thank you so incredibly much, I appreciate your time and response incredibly much. I really value your time, and I am extremely grateful for your help in this! Thank you!

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Dear Kaitlin,

This Orthopedic Chicago Podiatrist located in West Loop 60661,Roscoe Village 60618, Elmhurst 60126 & Bartlett 60103 says...
For your shin splints.....Sounds like you really irritated your anterior tibial muscles.
Try PRICE
Protect-Keep the practice to a minimum.Try moving in a different way that does not strain the muscle as much.
Rest-Speaks for itself-try to take 2 days off and ice aggressively
Ice-as much as possible-45 minutes on, 15 minutes off-several times a day-more if it's hurting.
Compress-A self stick Ace type wrap of the lower leg would be appropriate.
Elevate-At end of day and in bed.
Try heel lifts. The kinesio-tape works like a long lasting thin ace wrap-would work similar to an Ace wrap.
That said...... if the shin splint pain progresses you should stop to avoid possible compartment syndrome-which can be very serious.
Remember-you are continuing to injure a muscle(and the periosteum- where the muscle tears from the tibial bone and causes the pain) & this muscle will need time to recover & you may add more time to the recovery.  Be Careful!

Hope this helps.
Good Luck!
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All questions & injuries relating to the lower extremities. Runner's injuries, skier's foot problems,skaters' foot problems, etc All questions related to surgery, orthopedics and medicine of the foot and ankle-Adults and Children. Second Opinion specialist in Foot and Ankle problems including fractures and revision surgery. All questions relating. to foot and ankle problems in children Sports medicine of the foot and ankle Runner's and walking problems

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PRIVATE PRACTICES: Ankle N Foot Center.com, 2220 W Belmont Ave., Chgo., IL 60618 since 1979 Ankle & Foot Center of Elmhurst, 401 N.York Rd., Elmhurst, IL, 60126, since 1989. Physicians Suites, Bethany Hospital, 3435 W. Van Buren, Chgo., Il, 60624, 1980-201. HOSPITAL & SURGICAL AFFILIATIONS: Bethany Hospital, 3435 W. Van Buren, Chgo., Il.- Podiatry staff since 1979-2010 Glen Oaks Medical Center, 701 Winthrop, Glen Dale Hts, IL – Podiatry staff since 1997. Elmhurst Medsurge, 401 N. York Rd., Elmhurst, IL, 60126, since 1999 Resurrection Health Care Surgery Center, 3101 N. Harlem Ave., Chicago, IL, since 1999 Chicago Neurologic & Orthopedic Hospital, 4501 N. Winchester Ave., Chicago, IL, 2008-2010

Organizations
Fellow-American College of Foot & Ankle Orthopedists, since 1991. Fellow-Academy of Ambulatory Foot Surgery, since 1980. Fellow- American Institute of Foot Medicine , since 1987. Fellow-American College of Foot & Ankle Pediatrics, since 1998. Certified in Laser Surgery- by Wenske Laser Center, Ravenswood Hospital, 1991. Certified in Foot and Ankle Arthroscopy – by Doctor’s Hospital, 1991. Certified Preceptorship Director-Scholl College of Podiatry 1993-2006 Board Certified in Foot & Ankle Surgery-A.B.M.S.P., since 1987. Recertified 8/08 till 3/31/2012 Board Certified in Podiatric Foot & Ankle Orthopedics-A.B.P.O.P.P.M., 1991. Recertified 10/2003 till 12/2013 Board Certified in Pain Management-A.A.P.M., since 1990.-retired Clinical Instructor – Department of Medicine at Rosalind Franklin University 10/2007 until present

Publications
Prolotherapy in the Treatment of Foot Problems Clinical Correspondence, June 2002. Vol 92- no. 6 Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association. Paper on Treatment of Delta-Phalanx of the Foot – submitted for publication to Journal of Foot and Ankle Surgery & for Fellowship of ACPPS., September, 1998 Sports Medicine Consultant for the book-Triathlon 101 Essentials for Multisport Success by John Mora – 1999 ISBN 0-88011-811-3 Windy City Sports – October 1996 Marathon Issue “Keeping Your Feet Happy” American Running & Fitness Association, Clinic Advisor & Lifetime Member – Editorial Staff since 1990.

Education/Credentials
PRIVATE PRACTICES: Ankle N Foot Center.com, 2220 W Belmont Ave., Chgo., IL 60618 since 1979 Ankle & Foot Center of Elmhurst, 401 N.York Rd., Elmhurst, IL, 60126, since 1989. Physicians Suites, Bethany Hospital, 3435 W. Van Buren, Chgo., Il, 60624, 1980-201. HOSPITAL & SURGICAL AFFILIATIONS: Bethany Hospital, 3435 W. Van Buren, Chgo., Il.- Podiatry staff since 1979-2010 Glen Oaks Medical Center, 701 Winthrop, Glen Dale Hts, IL – Podiatry staff since 1997. Elmhurst Medsurge, 401 N. York Rd., Elmhurst, IL, 60126, since 1999 Resurrection Health Care Surgery Center, 3101 N. Harlem Ave., Chicago, IL, since 1999 Chicago Neurologic & Orthopedic Hospital, 4501 N. Winchester Ave., Chicago, IL, 2008-2010

Awards and Honors
Very much into Sports Medicine Over 30 years experience with sports & martial arts Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do Red Belt in Shidokan Karate Expert Skier-37 years experience

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