Review for Shin Splints

  • Age n/a
  • Injury Status Cured
  • Chronicity 6-18 Months

Treatment Ratings

    Physical Therapy, Orthotics, Ice, Rest, Supportive Shoes

I used to be a professional dance instructor/performer and started running. The combination of the two gave me massive shin splints for months... which turned into a year (even had trouble walking). I went to a podiatrist and she sent me to a physical therapist.

Here is what they had me to do help them (and by the way, after about 2 months they were completely gone).

1) Get real running shoes- fitted at a real running shoe store.
2) Get orthopedics, if you can afford them.
3) Stretch the muscles in the front and back of that part of your leg daily.
4) Ice your shins any time you work them out (like after a run)
5) Work out the muscles around your shins. She had me doing squats, lunges, monster walks, and like 10 other exercises! The point of this was, she said, if the muscles around your shin are stronger, they won't pull as much and therefore allow your shin to heal
6) Rest!!! In the end, she said the best way to make them go away is to stop and let them fully heal-but that could take a few months. If you don't want to wait, really just try the things above.
7) Lastly-my advice-if you can, go see a physical therapist about it. They can give you proper exercises to help and stretches. But also--my physical therapist had a machine (kinda like an ultrasound), that omits heat and they rub it against your shin for about 15 minutes. It loosens the muscles, and somewhat heals the shin. Just make sure you stretch them afterwords. This method--I could really feel a difference afterword. Of course, I was in a rare situation where shin splints were affecting my career-so I couldn't just rest and this method really helped.

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