Can I run with shin splints?

Shin splints are a very common, fairly painful injury for athletes of all levels. While running with shin splints is certainly possible, especially in the early stages of the condition, it is not a good idea if you want to heal at all. This is an overuse injury, which means repetitive hard impacts have stressed your shins and the soft tissues beside them, causing inflammation and swelling. Continuing to run on them only adds to the painful stress and prevents the damage from healing. In some cases, the condition can actually contribute to stress fractures in your shin, which is a more serious condition that will definitely require you to stop running to avoid a full break.

To recover from your shin splints, it really is best to take a break from running—instead, put your energy toward cross-training with low impact activities that won’t add so much stress to your lower legs. If you’re struggling with pain while running, let our team at Podiatry Associates, P.C. in Castle Pines, Cherry Creek, and Parker, CO, help you. Use our website to make an appointment with us.
Dr. Cynthia Oberholtzer-Classen, DPM
Founder and Owner of Podiatry Associates, PC