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Tips and Hints to Deal with Shin Splints

Preventing and Caring for this Common Injury

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XXJOHNXX

8/17/2014 6:31:56 PM

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SADDHU1

6/29/2013 11:09:46 AM

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Yoga sessions are an ideal counter-exercise to running / walking / biking / elliptical etc. Many aerobic activities tighten and shorten hamstrings and other leg muscles while yoga, dancing and martial arts loosen and lengthen these same muscles. Instead of stopping or reducing an aerobic exercise program due to shin splints or other leg pains, try adding 1 hr of yoga 3x per week or more. Massage also does wonders!

CINFAR

9/24/2012 8:54:27 AM

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Great article! I thought I was going to have to quit walking. Now I know how to deal with shin splints. Thanks to everyone that has posted suggestions here!

FITMOMMY18

7/8/2012 11:18:48 PM

Thanks for the tip about compression sleeves. Very prone to shin splints as well, so I'll try one of those... or two. LOL

MISSADENINE

6/4/2012 2:02:42 PM

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I've been *extremely* prone to shin splints since the first time I got them in '97. One wrong step and I would have a shin splint work its way up from ankle to knee. And it took several weeks to heal if they were particularly bad. I thought I had tried everything until I read up on compression sleeves for the shin/calf. I wear them when my workouts are impact exercises (running/walking/jumping) and keep them on for a while after. I also have a second not sweaty pair for putting on for a bit whenever they are feeling weak. Very comfortable and now I can run consistently and up my mileage without pain. It may not work for everyone, but it has for me. There are many brands out there to look into. In fact, I'm wearing them right now post boot camp!

SANDIBETTS1

5/28/2012 7:13:40 AM

Thanks for your article and the helpful insights shared by some of the readers. Very helpful.

ASHLEYAUSTIN99

4/19/2012 10:22:22 AM

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This is a great article. I wish I had read this before I started working out again. I'm so grateful to have this information. Thanks

DITTO1218

2/16/2011 12:25:42 PM

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Thanks-guess I will stick to the bike instead of the treadmill

DRB13_1

11/21/2010 3:36:21 PM

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Loved the tips and agree it is important to let people know your body needs time to adapt - the 10% rule is not often cited. Start small and build up from the foundation.
Also like the tip on the frozen veggies - go for a run, come home, ice your shins, then make soup!

WALKZWDOGZ

11/20/2010 3:15:45 AM

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Great article. I'd love to see more articles featuring the need to increase activity gradually. With all the TV prograsm & Couch to xxxK emphasis, giving your body time to adjust to increased activity seems too often to get lost. re:

Increasing your distance or intensity by more than 10% per week ...

NIKIRP18

11/2/2010 2:41:07 PM

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How can I tell if I have shin splints or if it's just an aching muscle? I'm overweight and I've recently been trying to go for walks, but everytime I do, I only last about 15 minutes because of the pain I get on the front of my legs. In my shin area, it feels really tight and painful. A little bit after walking, it doesn't feel as bad, but when I try it again a few days later, it's horrible again. Anyone have any suggestions of what it may be or what may help?

FITNESS4LONDON

9/24/2010 1:45:17 PM

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Great article - really thorough.

One of my new fitness clients had shin-splints. He was an avid runner on hard surfaces.

A look at his training shoes revealed that they were worn down on the insides of the soles, indicating knock-knees (he didn't have flat feet). I recommended swimming/cycling/elliptical, and no running (advice he received reluctantly!) until the pain was gone.

A regime of leg strengthening and re-balancing of the leg muscles (a range of lunges and squats) helped resolve the problem over time. Plus a good stretching session after every workout!

And of course, new training shoes.

DENIJA

7/25/2010 10:55:57 AM

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Will try this stretching exercise! Hope it will help. :)

WBRANS74

3/9/2010 11:34:55 AM

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Great article. This is the only stretching exercise I've found that actually stretches the muscles.

LBLOOM4

7/23/2009 7:54:01 PM

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Thanks. Great article and comments. I haven't been able to find information anywhere on help with the pain of shin splints.

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