Several of our athletes are experiencing shin splints at the moment. This is common, especially for athletes who have not conditioned correctly.
Here are a few things you can do to try to help your shin splints:
Treatment Tips for Shin Splints
Athletes: Do not do any of these treatments with your parents' and/or doctor's opinion.
Shin splints often heal on their own. If you see a doctor, expect to get a thorough physical exam. Your doctor may want to see you run to look for problems. You may also need X-rays or bone scans to look for fractures.
(1) Rest your body. It needs time to heal.
(2) Ice your shin to ease pain and swelling. Do it for 20-30 minutes every 3 to 4 hours for 2 to 3 days, or until the pain is gone.
(3) Take anti-inflammatory painkillers. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), like ibuprofen, naproxen, or aspirin, will help with pain and swelling. These drugs can have side effects, though, like a greater chance of bleeding and ulcers. They should be used only occasionally unless your doctor says otherwise.
(4) Use orthotics for your shoes. Shoe inserts -- which can be custom-made or bought off the shelf -- may help with arches that collapse or flatten when you stand up.
(5) Do range-of-motion exercises
(6) Use a neoprene sleeve to support and warm your leg.
If the problem persists, it is in your best interest to go see your primary doctor.