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Nurse Practitioner Linda Eckerson at McLaren Greater Lansing-DeWitt Family Medicine is treating injuries caused by running.

Let's start with stress fractures.

You'll have dull pain around the site of the fracture. It will get worse with activity and get better with rest. It might be swollen, too.

See your doctor if the pain becomes severe or if it still hurts, even at rest. You need to take an immediate break from running and get lots of rest. Crutches or a brace may help. Take an anti-inflammatory, stretch, and try physical therapy.

Nurse Practitioner Eckerson is also treating shin splints.

You'll have a sharp, razor-like pain, or a dull, throbbing ache in the front or inner part of the lower leg. It will be tender and sore, and your feet might feel numb or weak.

Ice your shin for 20 to 30 minutes every two to three days, until the pain is gone. Take an anti-inflammatory and rest. You might need arch supports for your shoes if you are flat-footed.

Your shin splints are fully healed when your injured leg is as flexible as your other leg and feels as strong. You'll also be able to jog, sprint and jump without pain.

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