Shin splints, or medial tibial stress syndrome, are the pains in your tibia that are induced by continuous running or exercising. They are caused by flat feet, swollen muscles, or tiny stress fractures, and the discomfort that they wreak can be debilitative. And based on recent Twitter activity, shin splints are all-too-common an issue.
Fortunately, you can prevent shin splints from occurring, and you can treat them once they already have occurred.
First and foremost, if you’re a distance runner, make sure that you have comfortable, supportive shoes. Unfortunately, there is no one-shoe-fits-all solution for running. Every runner is different in terms of his arch, running terrain, weight, previous injuries, and motion mechanics. Runnersworld has a great Shoe Advisor app as well as an accompanying article explaining how to use it. According to the Mayo Clinic, you should also be replacing your running shoes every 350-500 miles.
Stretching exercises (*after* your run), running on softer terrain, and cross-training with lower-impact exercise such as swimming can also help prevent shin splints.
Compression calf sleeves can also help prevent shin splints caused by swollen muscles by increasing blood flow in your legs. This in turn decreases the chances that your muscles will swell up.
Treatment and Recovery
Experts recommend icing the affected areas on your legs in order to reduce pain, and making sure to rest your body. This doesn’t mean that you need to completely eliminate physical activity from your exercise regimen. You can still participate in those low-impact activities such as swimming or biking.
While it’s not recommended to continue running toward the beginning of your recovery, once you do start running again, it’s also advisable to wear compression sleeves. Not only can compression sleeves assist your legs in healing much more quickly, but they can also reduce your risk for future injury as well.
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