If you're an avid runner, chances are, you've experienced some sort of pain or discomfort while running or training. If your doctor diagnosed you with a shin splint, your first response is how to avoid the pain and start the healing process. 

Shin Splints

A shin splint is a type of micro tear in the front bottom leg. Pain can range from severe tightness to extreme pain while standing or placing pressure on the affected area. You often get shin splints when you:

  • Experience a sharp increase in activity.
  • Wear improperly fitting or worn out running shoes.
  • Switch terrain while running.
  • Already have weak muscles in the legs or foot.
  • Have existing inflexibility in your lower extremities.

If you're experiencing any pain or discomfort either while standing or at rest, contact your doctor right away to prevent further damage to your muscle groups.

Compression And Support

One of the recommended ways to treat a shin splint is through compression of the affected area, and strong structural support. A compression bandage or will help support your muscles and keep your leg and tissue in an isolated position to prevent further damage. Some doctors recommend a foam sleeve that helps support the knee as well. This makes sure that your muscles aren't working as hard and relieves the stress of daily activity. Your doctor may also recommend special insoles to wear in your shoes or orthotics to help stabilize your foot and leg.

Physical Therapy

Some form of physical therapy may be recommended by your doctor. This includes:

  • Exercises that slowly retrains the leg muscles to ease discomfort
  • Building of upper leg muscles for more core support
  • Stretching and bending exercises to relieve tight, worn out muscle groups in the shin area
  • Special exercises that will help aid with your overall range of motion throughout your body

A physical therapist and your doctor will come up with the best treatment course based on your physical needs and injury.

Use Caution With Exercise

It's not best to get right back into running or high pressure sports, such as running or soccer. Your doc may recommend limited daily activity to take the extra wear and tear off of your muscle groups. Follow the recommended treatment plan closely and use ice and massage therapy to help ease the pain caused from the shin splint.

Shin splints can be painful and limit your range of motion for several weeks. Contact a local health care provider, such as Flex Tekk INC, today for a diagnosis and treatment program that will help lead to a full recovery.