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5 Tips to Take Care of Shin Splints

Oct 16, 2013

shin-splints-ice-1Many people think shin splits only happen to runners. But any athlete can suffer from the clenching pain in the front of their lower leg. Cardio, like running, is important for anyone working on their conditioning. Shin splints are directly related to the movement of running or aggressive walking. No matter what sport you play this is probably a component – 13-20 percent of running injuries are attributed to this injury.

If you're suffering from shin splints or are involved in some sort of exercise that makes you prone to shin splints, here are some of our tips to help you get through:

  1. Make sure your footwear is in good condition: Worn out soles have huge effects on how much stress your leg is handling.
  2. Ice the affected area: Maybe it’s the oldest trick in the book, but it’ll decrease inflammation.
  3. Stretch before working out by rising on your tip toes and then setting your heels back down. Do this ten times.
  4. Try to keep from running on hard surfaces, like pavement. Switch up your running routine and go into the woods. Or do cardio like swimming and skip the running altogether.
  5. Use a tennis ball to massage your leg, focusing on the shin and inner calf.

Be sure to find out the cause of your shin splints. Many times the pain will go away after you have been working out for a while, but this doesn’t mean your legs have fixed themselves.

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