Shin Splint

Shin Splints

Shin splints is a painful condition that often occurs in runners and other athletes due to overexertion while running. People suffering from shin splints complain of an on-going pain anywhere from two inches above their ankle to half way up their shin.

The only treatment for shin splints is rest. It is often necessary to stop running for a period of time until there is no pain while performing everyday tasks. Slowly, running can be worked back into the routine, but with less intensity. It's a common mistake for athletes to start running full-force immediately after the rest period. This can result in further damage and pain to the shins.

Shin splints can be prevented by examining and improving running conditions. Proper, padded running shoes can cushion the shins from taking too much abuse. In addition, the terrain, weather condition, and intensity of the workout can be modified to help prevent shin splints. It is always best to consult a personal trainer when beginning a running routine.

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