Discussion in 'Naval Academy - USNA' started by GAUSNA2018, Jun 13, 2015.
Does anyone have any advice on how to remedy shin splits?
Rest, then rest some more. When you start running again make sure you have a shoe that's right for your foot. Find a store specializing in running shoes and have them look at your existing shoes for wear patterns. They'll be able to tell how your foot mechanics are and recommend a compatible shoe. Then slowly build up to where you were before. Any twinge of shin splint discomfort, STOP RUNNING. Good luck.
ICE!!! Shin splints are inflammation. ICE!
Just asked my DH who is a physical therapist what would he do for shin splints, and he answered rest AND ice! So good advice USNA2016Dad and funnyesq!!
Thank you for the advice! I'll be sure to start icing more frequently and head to the running store to have them look at my shoes. I also ordered a set of compression calf sleeves, do these help?
BioFreeze 360 spray is a good product for relieving shin splint pain. In some cases (not all), it's the equivalent of an ice treatment. But don't wait to apply it after you are hurting, spray it on before you run. It's a favorite for many athletes.
DD suffered from a lot of shin splints in high school, but never had an issue with them at the Academy. Turns out her ankles pronate and the boots gave her extra support. If the shoe store can evaluate your foot (Roadrunner shoes does this), they can determine if you have that particular problem or if it's just worn out shoes.
In the mean time, look up exercises to strengthen your ankles. This was the final solution to DD's issue.
Take a styrofoam cup (bad for environment but keeps your hands from freezing) and fill it with water and freeze. After its frozen, rub it on your leg at the affected area in small circles. This works better than just an ice pack. If needed you can get compression sleeves
I am not a MD but I agree with all the above.
For me, I seldom had the chance to rest or ice my shin splints while on active duty. I found relief and the ability to press on by wrapping my lower leg/ shins with an Ace Bandage. I know that isn't the "textbook" approach, but it worked for me until time and/ or downtime allowed the injury to heal.
Get in the whirlpool in a training facility, keeping the jet on the shin area, 20 mins minimum, twice a day. Then ice them down. That, and rest, is the only way to heal them.
From the Mayo
Most cases of shin splints can be treated with rest, ice and other self-care measures. Wearing proper footwear and modifying your exercise routine can help prevent shin splints from recurring.
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