So you’ve decided to get back into exercising and set out on a run. Halfway in, you are met with an excruciating pain in your lower legs that lingers for days.
You might have shin splints.
What are shin splints?
Shin splints are a sharp, painful sensation in your lower leg that is usually brought on by a sudden onset or increase in physical activity (typically walking/jogging/running).
So how do I stop it?
- Pick a good running shoe!
- A good running shoe will be supportive, provide the right amount of arch support for your foot, and have plenty of cushion for shock absorption
- A good running shoe should have a perfect fit for your foot’s length, width, and arches and provide stability for your foot and ankle
- I love Brook’s running shoes!
- Strengthen your legs – especially your calves
- Having strong muscles in your legs – particularly your calves – helps reduce the shock of impact on your bones
- Doing calf raises is a great way to strengthen your calves!
- Cool down and stretch post-workout
- Spend time stretching, gently massaging, or foam rolling tense muscles or pain points
- If you are having a rough time with stretching, remember to take it slow – I love to use stretching straps to help me get further into the tough stretches
- This is the foam roller that I like to use to relax and massage sore muscles – especially in my calves and glutes!
- Work with a trainer to assess and perfect your running form
- Contact me to set up our free consultation now!
What other pain points do you experience in your workouts? Comment below and make sure to subscribe for updates to see if your concern is addressed in a future blog post!
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