Actress Gabrielle Union asks The Doctors what can be done about her shin splints. Podiatrist Dr. Ali Sadrieh has the answer.
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Shin Splint Solutions Dr. Travis Stork: -- actress, Gabrielle Union, best known for her role on “Ugly Betty” Gabrielle Union: Hi doctors, this is Gabrielle Union and I have been watching a ton of red carpets and my shin splints are acting up. Bad shoe choice or is there something actually wrong with me? I need to know the answer. Dr. Travis Stork: Thanks, Gabrielle. We went to podiatrist, Ali Sadrieh to get the answer for you. Ali Sadrieh: Hey Gabrielle, the bright side of the story is you can keep wearing these shoes. The shin splints are already there. They’re being caused by something else. Their shoes are just making it worse. So shin splints are caused by the anterior tibialis muscle working too hard because the foot has a pronation problem. Here’s the foot, this is pronation, flattening or collapsing of the arch. So the shin splint is going exist because the pronation, the high heel shoe makes it worst. Here’s what happens. When you wear a high heel shoe, this is your foot. Your foot structure gets into a very unnatural position. This makes you unstable. So muscles are working extra hard to keep your foot stabilized. So if you want to wear those four-inch heels, just remember balance. You can wear the four-inch heels but you also have to take care of the feet on a regular day by day basis. If they hurt a lot, you need some anti-inflammatory. Wear good shoes, get your inserts, keep your feet -- if you need them, visit your doctor if you have to and wear these when you go out.