How To Take Care Of Shin Splints

If you are an avid runner, athlete, or you just find your calves are tight often, you may be dealing with the beginning effects of shin splints.

According to Healthline, “The term “shin splints” describes pain felt along the front of your leg and shinbone. You’ll notice the pain in the front area of the leg between your knee and ankle.”

With more running, weightlifting, and other exercise, your ankles and feet are prone to wear-and-tear. This is why it’s important to make an appointment with your local podiatrist. However, athletes aren’t the only ones to experience shin splints, so make sure you are monitoring your conditions regardless of your age or activity level.

At Advanced Foot & Ankle, we make quality health a top priority, if you find yourself with issues in your feet/ankles, call us to book an appointment at (615) 332-0330 or book online at www.afacc.net/appointments.

The good news about dealing with an injury like shin splints is that they CAN heal on their own with proper care, which is what we are here to teach you about!

One of the best methods to follow when struggling with shin splints is the RICE method. 

What does RICE stand for, you ask?! Other than the nutritious carb we all love dearly, it stands for: Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation. 

  • Rest: Give your body a break. Recovery is very important to your body’s healing process. This will allow more time for swelling and irritation to decrease. 
  • Ice: Place ice packs on your shins for 15 to 20 minutes at a time. Wrap them in a towel and don’t place ice directly on your skin. Ice four to eight times a day for several days until shin splint pain subsides.
  • Compression: Wear a calf compression sock or tight socks to help reduce inflammation.
  • Elevation: Elevating your legs above the level of your heart will allow fluid to leave the area of injury and will further reduce inflammation.

Follow these steps and your calves will be feeling better in no time! If problems or conditions persist, you know where to find us!