How to Treat Shin Splints

iStock_000083349163_Large.jpgAnyone who’s been running or training for a long time has most likely been plagued by shin splints. More generally known as lower leg pain affecting the outer part of the leg or the inner part of the leg, shin splints are common among runners, tennis players, dancers and other athletes that put their legs through rigorous training.

The cause of shin splints is usually simple to diagnose: too much, too soon. If an athlete adapts their training regimen too quickly, such as ramping up mileage or moving from flat surfaces to hills, they are at risk for developing shin splints.

Often misdiagnosed as a stress fracture, shin splints can be identified as a more generalized pain that is more noticeable in the morning. Shin splints are also most painful when you try to flex your foot. So how do you get rid of this painful injury and get back on the track, court or dance floor?

  • Decrease your training: While it’s probably the last thing you want to hear, experts recommend you decrease or stop your training all together until the pain subsides. Icing your shin during this time will also help reduce inflammation.
  • Stretch it out: There are a number of stretches that will help treat shin splints, whether you are suffering from anterior shin splints (outside of the leg) or medial shin splints (inside of the leg). Try searching online for a stretch that works best for you.
  • Consider cross-training: Most athletes don’t like straying from their training schedule, but in order to heel your shin splints, it’s a good idea to try swimming, pool running or cycling for a little bit while your shins heal.
  • Return slowly: When you are able to get back into training, ramp up slowly. Runners, increase your mileage no more than 10 percent each week.

If you’re suffering from leg pain while training, consider seeking medical help to properly diagnose your injury. Denton Regional Urgent Care Center offers convenient hours and online check-in available, so we can have you treated and back to your day in no time.

Disclaimer: Patients’ health can vary. Always consult with a medical professional before taking medication, making health-related decisions or deciding if medical advice is right for you.

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Five Workouts to Keep you In Shape

iStock_000060323042_Large.jpgMost people are starting to fade away from their New Year’s resolutions by February. With busy work schedules and cold weather, it’s tough to find time and energy to workout. However, by incorporating various workouts, you will stay motivated and energized and can maintain your resolution throughout the year.

    1. Spin Classes: One of the best ways to push yourself for a full 45 minutes to an hour is by taking a spin class. Not only are spin classes low impact, they are great for people of all fitness levels. Because you can control your speed and resistance, you can customize the class to your own level while still getting in a great cardiovascular workout.
    2. 5K Training: Most people are overwhelmed by the idea of starting a running routine. Because it can seem like a daunting task to just begin running out of nowhere, it’s a good idea to find a 5k several months out that you can slowly train for. This will give you motivation to keep working out for at least three or four months and there will be a light at the end of the tunnel.
    3. Yoga Classes: One of the best ways to work out your body and mind is by taking a yoga class. With many different types of classes offered, there is a yoga class to fit whatever kind of workout you’re wanting. Whether you’re looking for a class to relax you, to focus on stretching or to build up a sweat, yoga’s got you covered.
    4. At-Home Workouts: When there’s just no time to get out of the house and to the gym, you can still get in a great workout by utilizing a free online workout video on YouTube. Whether you’re looking for a yoga class, strength training video or HIIT workout, you can find it online.
    5. Crossfit: One of the most popular workouts today is crossfit. Known for its quick results, crossfit focuses on both strength and cardio so you can shed pounds while building muscle. Crossfit is also a great way to meet other like-minded people who can help motivate you to keep working out.

Before beginning any workout regimen, it’s a good idea to talk with a medical professional. Denton Regional Urgent Care Center offers convenient hours and online check-in available, so we can have you in and out of the office in no time.

Disclaimer: Patients’ health can vary. Always consult with a medical professional before taking medication, making health-related decisions or deciding if medical advice is right for you.

When to Seek Medical Care for a Fever

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A normal body temperature is 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit for most people. An elevated body temperature, commonly known as a fever, usually occurs as a response to infection in the body. A low-grade fever ranges from 100 degrees Fahrenheit to 101 degrees Fahrenheit, while a fever of 102 degrees Fahrenheit is considered intermediate grade for adults.

But how do you know when you should be worried about a fever? There are a few key signs your fever is serious enough to seek medical care. If your body temperature is 103 degrees Fahrenheit or higher (a high-grade fever), has lasted more than seven days or gets worse with time, you should call a doctor immediately. Also, if any of the following symptoms accompany your fever, medical care should be sought:

  • Confusion
  • Stiff neck
  • Severe headache
  • Sore throat and/or difficult swallowing
  • Rash
  • Chest pain
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Continual vomiting
  • Abdominal pain
  • Blood in stool
  • Pain with urination
  • Swelling in the leg
  • Heat or swelling of the skin

There are certain illnesses that can happen alongside a fever that require immediate medical care. Anyone suffering from a fever along with a headache and stiff neck should seek emergency medical attention as these are the telltale symptoms of meningitis. Those suffering from increased agitation or confusion with a fever should also be taken to a doctor or hospital.

If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms with your fever, it’s important to see a doctor immediately. At Denton Regional Urgent Care Center, we offer convenient access to the expert care you expect, when you need it. For the added convenience of our patients, Denton Regional Urgent Care also offers online check-in to make it easy for you to wait wherever you feel most comfortable and to reduce the overall wait times for treatment.