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Tips and Hints to Deal with Shin Splints

Preventing and Caring for this Common Injury


  • We've always been told a shin splint is the pain right down the front of the leg (shin), never the side of the leg. - 11/9/2015 10:39:39 AM
    Thank you Spark for helping me identify this problem that I have been having exactly in that area. Now I can DO something about it. I am going into my 6th week of 1mile or 2 mile walks with Leslie Sansome. I was so glad to see Coach Nicole's body friendly stretch exercise this morning. - 8/3/2015 10:20:54 AM
  • I personally found the worst thing for causing shin splints was jumping rope, which was a shame since it was a great aerobic workout for someone with a small house and little space to move during exercise. The prospect of getting shin splints scares me, since they seem to take forever to go away, and will really set back any effort at cardio fitness. - 8/30/2014 1:10:34 PM
    Great article! Even tho, what worked for me, was this guide ... and never had to worry since then :D check if u like to, Good job! - 8/17/2014 6:31:56 PM
  • 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! - 6/29/2013 11:09:46 AM
  • 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!
    - 9/24/2012 8:54:27 AM
    Thanks for the tip about compression sleeves. Very prone to shin splints as well, so I'll try one of those... or two. LOL
    - 7/8/2012 11:18:48 PM
  • 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! - 6/4/2012 2:02:42 PM
    Thanks for your article and the helpful insights shared by some of the readers. Very helpful. - 5/28/2012 7:13:40 AM
  • 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 - 4/19/2012 10:22:22 AM
  • Thanks-guess I will stick to the bike instead of the treadmill - 2/16/2011 12:25:42 PM
  • 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! - 11/21/2010 3:36:21 PM
  • 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 ... - 11/20/2010 3:15:45 AM
  • 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? - 11/2/2010 2:41:07 PM
  • 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. - 9/24/2010 1:45:17 PM

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