How do you Prevent Shin Splints?

Preventing shin splint pain is always in your best interest.

  • Support your arches – Adding arch supports in every day shoes can help cushion and disperse stress on your shin bones. This will give you immediate relief for existing shin splints and adds support and padding to help prevent them. A product like Tuli’s Gators not only provides good arch support to your foot, but it adds light-weight shock absorption which will help prevent shin splints pain.
  • Increase flexibility in your calf muscles and feet – Your calves are very important to the health of your shins. If you have an imbalance in calf muscle strength, it often manifests itself in shin splints or a calf strain. By stretching your calves daily and increasing your calf flexibility, you can dramatically reduce your risk of a muscle imbalance injury like shin splints. The ProStretch Plus is a very effective tool for stretching your calves and increasing lower leg flexibility.
  • Strengthen the opposing muscles – It is helpful to add strength training to your flexibility exercises. Toe raises and leg presses are a good place to start, but a complete program that targets all four planes of ankle motion and works all of the supporting muscles, is even more effective way to prevent shin splint pain.

Prevent Shin Splints: Healing the pain you’re experiencing

All of the suggestions for preventing shin splints can also be used if you are already suffering from shin splints pain. It is important to listen to your body and act accordingly. If you continually experience shin splints, the Cho-Pat Calf Compression Sleeve is a highly effective tool for alleviating shin splints pain when exercising.

A quality shin splints compression sleeve provides compression forces and supports the lower leg muscles and soft tissue.

It helps stimulate circulation and keeps your muscles warm which helps to control the fluid build-up in the muscle.

Icing the shin area to reduce shin splints pain and swelling can be very helpful.

You should try to do it for 20-30 minutes every three to four hours. It is a good idea to do this for two to three days or until the shin splints pain is gone.

It is important to remember that after physical activity, you need to take the proper time to stretch out the muscles to allow them to rebuild and rejuvenate. The ProStretch Plus is a great tool to use for that since it provides the effective lower leg stretch that helps alleviate shin splints pain, and it allows you to personalize the stretch you need.

Remember also to give your body the proper time it needs to rest and recuperate. Sometimes shin splints pain is your body’s way of telling you it needs a break!
If you would like to learn about stretches you can perform to help treat or prevent shin splints, please click here.