Start Stretching More
One big reason athletes suffer from this injury is due to not warming up properly and performing regularly stretching activities. It’s in your best interest to take ten minutes before and after each exercise that involves running to be sure you stretch all the ligaments and tendons that surround the shin bone.
Apply Ice Regularly
Next, it’s important to get a jump on your efforts to treat shin splints immediately upon experiencing pain.
To do so, once the pain has been realized, begin placing ice on the affected area for up to twenty minutes, four times a day.
Keep doing this until you can feel the pain residing or have been instructed to stop by your doctor.
While you can apply heat as well, you should only do so starting at least one week from when the pain has begun. Heat is going to increase the blood-flow to the area, which can increase healing, but if inflammation is still present, only ice should be used.
Perform Shin Strengthening Exercises
Next up on your list to treat shin splints is performing shin strengthening exercises. A good one to start with is simply sitting on the floor, legs straight out in front of you. Hook a resistance tubing band around your feet and then slowly flex feet towards the shin bone and then relax. Repeat this process twenty times to complete one set and try and perform two to four sets total.
Check Your Running Form
Finally, the last way you should treat shin splints that many runners unfortunately forget about is checking the running form you use.
This is potentially the most critical treatment method because if there is a problem with your running form and it is not solved, those shin splints will just be back at a later date.
You may wish to consult a professional on this topic as many times it’s hard to fully determine what you might be doing wrong. If that’s not an option, you could have someone video tape you so you can see yourself from an ‘outside’ perspective, as that may be enough as well to reveal any big problems that are currently happening.