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Shin Splints - How to Avoid Them. How to Deal With Them.

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Guest Guest

Most often shin splints are caused by tight calf muscles (in relation to weak anterior tibialis muscles). It helps me to foam roll and stretch my calf muscles!

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I've been suffering terribly from shin splints/leg pain and am watching this to get more ideas. At the moment Im trying out a few exercises I saw on Pinterest including heel walking and lift a hand weight with my feet, feels like I'm slowly making progress and recovery time form each run is getting better.

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Guest laine

Hi, if you haven't already done so, go to your local running shop to get assessed and fitted for trainers as the wrong footwear could also contribute to shin splints.

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Guest Guest

I agree, having the right shoes make a huge difference and helps avoid injury. I went to my local running store and found out I have a slight pronation. With the right shoes for my foot type, my running has been more comfortable and the occurance of shin splints has reduced a lot.

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Had anyone ever tried either k-tape or compression sleeves? I am curious and wanting to try one along with new shoes! Thanks!

 

I haven't needed a compression sleeve for shins since I got proper shoes and learned how to stretch, but did get a ACE compression "sleeve" for my knee. Has made a big difference.

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Guest Lauren

I have used KT tape and it has done wonders. Also, make sure you do do some good stretched for them.

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Guest Guest

What type of running shoes can you recommend?;My pain is often on the interior lower leg...is this shin splits?

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Guest Rhonda

I always have shin pain when I've tried to run in the past. Best tip I've had so far came from the local high school track coach--Sit in a chair with legs extended and trace the alphabet with your feet. I do both feet at the same time, mirror images of each other. Doing this before and after my runs has eliminated my shin pain. Hope that helps.

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Guest Katie

What is foam rolling?! And @ guest_rhonda_* are you tracing the alphabet with your toes or with your feet flat on the ground?

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Guest Guest

Foam rollers are at most stores that have exercise equipment. They are about two feet long and maybe 5 " circumference . They come in different densities and when you put them under your calf while raising your body off the ground(sitting on the ground with legs straight out before you) you just roll back and forth. It stretches out your calf like no other. You should probably google for technique.

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Guest Ang

My husband has often told me about his time in both marine boot camp and coast guard boot camp. what I've come away with is the light jog at a slow pace is always always referred to as the shin splitting pace. Try a little faster and flatter gate.

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Guest Dana Laur

Proven in my classroom. I have my students walk heels to the half line of the basketball court at the beginning of each year as part of our conditioning. It has decreased the number of students with shins splints to nearly zero. Something as simple as walking around on your heels with toes in the air a little each day (ex: in the morning getting ready for work) you will build the muscles in your shins and it will reduce the chances of shin splints reoccurring.

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Guest jerm

Good quality shoes are a must. Once I spent the money on good shoes the shin splits stopped!!.

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