Have you ever suffered from shin splints? If you’ve felt pain behind the shinbone (the bone in the front of your lower leg) when running, then you may have experienced shin splints.
Shin splints, also known as medial tibial stress syndrome (MTSS), is a common disorder among runners, as well as athletes who participate in activities with sudden starts and stops. Some of these activities may include football, soccer, basketball, and gymnastics.
Here are some ways you can get relief from shin splints:
- Stretch your legs, strengthen the muscles, and always warm up before starting physical activity.
- Apply ice and rest the area after the onset of pain to help reduce inflammation.
- Wear shin splint sleeves to help retain heat, which increases blood flow to your sore muscles and can be worn during activity to provide compression.
- Prevent shin splints with shock-absorbing footwear and/or insoles.
- Run on softer surfaces whenever possible.