Here at mysst.org (My Shin Splints Treatment .org) we have taken it upon ourselves to provide concise information regarding the correct way to treat shin splints.
My name is Jessie, and I have been suffering with shin splints for the past 6 years or so. The symptoms first reared their ugly head during my basketball days (not to mention my miles and miles of long distance running!) and it took me many moons to discover the correct way to deal with shin splints.
I decided to set up this site to provide a concise resource to anyone out there who has been suffering with the same painful existence and to offer my advice on how to treat shin splints effectively, quickly and safely.
Shin Splints Treatment
The first stage of shin splints treatment is to identify and understand what some of the symptoms of your shin splints are. You can do that by clicking here and reading our in depth article on the subject. After identifying the causes we can start to outline some treatment for shin splints.
The first step is almost always going to be pain relief. This is often accompanied by swelling and an aching sensation. the most basic and rudimentary treatment is to apply ice to the affected area. An ice pack, or a bag of frozen peas wrapped in a towel work really well. Be sure to hold the ice packs over the shins for around 10 minutes at a time, repeating every couple of hours or so until the shins start relieving some of the pain and swelling.
Something that is often over looked when it comes to treating shin splints is to stretch the calf muscles (back of the leg, behind the shins). By bringing the toes upwards towards your shins you will lengthen and stretch the calf muscles – also try lowering your feet and pointing your toes to relieve the muscles surrounding your shins on the front of the leg.
Alongside ice packs and stretch, over the counter prescription pain killers such as paracetamol and ibuprofen can help to relieve inflammation and ease the pain. These should be taken with care and you should always follow the instructions on the label and guidance from your healthcare professional.
How To Treat Shin Splints from Running
If you are anything like me, then running has played a massive part in your shin splints pain. Something I completely overlooked during my long distance running days was the importance of choosing the right pair of running shoes.
Your running shoes need to provide adequate support and cushioning to limit the pounding effect of heavy road running. Mine simply didn’t. Everyone’s feet are different and require different shoes. My feet, for example, are heavily pronated (they roll inwards) which is also commonly referred to as having collapsed arches. Because they pronate so heavily I needed shoes that provided arch support. Orthotics are always a good option for people with pronating ankles.
If you are getting some running shoes fitted soon (which you should!) then make sure you go to a professional running shop where a trained staff member can carry out a gait analysis (arch and foot tests) so you find the right shoes for you.
Shin Splints Treatment From Home
When you first start suffering from shin splints you will feel tempted to ‘power through’ the pain and continue with your sporting activities. This is not only a bad idea in the short term as it won’t allow your shins the proper recovery time, but in the long run it could cause even more severe pain and damage. If you want to get back to your sporting activities as soon as possible, then you need to rest. Usually within 1 – 2 weeks of stopping the activity causing your shin splints you will start to feel the pain ease.
If, like me, you want to keep your cardiovascular fitness levels up whilst you are resting your shins then I would recommend low impact sports for a while. The best one being swimming. Swimming is a fantastic way of keeping your fitness levels high whilst allowing enough time for your shin splints to recover fully.
A Final Note
Shin splints are horrible, yes. I know first hand. Is there a cure for shin splints? Contrary to popular belief yes, they are curable. As we mentioned before the first step is identifying the causes, then comes treatment and pain relief. A dear friend of mine, Gary Buchenic, has created a simple yet powerful guide to dealing with shin splints. You can find out more about this guide by clicking here.
I hope this has given you a better understanding of what shin splints are and, indeed, how to treat shin splints. Be sure to have a browse around the rest of the ‘My Shin Splints Treatment’ site as you will find a wealth of information in the other articles as well! Here is a link to a Wiki page detailing exactly what the term ‘shin splints‘ refers to.