When you feel the beginning of shin splints, you should start treating them right away to prevent them from getting worse. You’ll need to decrease or stop your activities temporarily to relieve the stress on your shins. Stretch out your muscles regularly and try low-impact exercises to stay active during this time. Also, ice your shins to decrease swelling and inflammation. You may need to change your shoes or add orthotics for extra support. Once your lower limbs are functioning without pain, you can slowly ease back into your activities. You may need conditioning exercises to bring your shins back up to strength without reinjuring them.
Don’t ignore the discomfort of shin splints; that will simply guarantee an injury. Contact Parker Foot & Ankle to have your lower limbs checked and treated before the problem gets worse. Call (281) 497-2850 or visit the online contact page to reach our Houston office.