How to Prevent Shin Splints While Running

On Sunday, August 24, it’s the DSCO Honor Guard Super Hero 5K Fun Run. What a great way to show support for our law enforcement officers! Before you put on those tights and grab that cape, though, listen up on how to prevent shin splints—you don’t want a foot or leg condition to keep you from showing off your running powers.

Shin splints is a condition that involves inflammation in the muscles and ligaments that run along the lower, front part of our leg. They happen when you increase your physical activity too quickly without properly giving yourself enough time to build up to a higher intensity. They may also occur in people with collapsed arches or flatfeet. If you are noticing pain and tenderness in your shin area that increases with physical activity, and maybe even some swelling, you may have shin splints. At the first sign of pain you should discontinue your activity and let the healing begin.

You can prevent shin splints with a little extra time and care. You need to remember to warm up gradually to a higher degree of difficulty when it comes to running. Don’t go full-throttle all in one day, but take the time to build-up to it. Also remember the importance of stretching before and after a run. Calf raises are a great way to build strength in the lower leg. You can also consider wearing arch supports to prevent too much pressure from being placed on your feet. This is especially true for people who have flatfeet. Remember that your footwear is one of the most important aspects of being a runner. Choose shoes that are supportive and cushioned in the right places. This is different for everyone, so try and get professionally fitted.

If you have further questions about how to prevent shin splints, call Dr. Victoria Melhuish for super foot care service. Dial (775) 783-8037 to schedule an appointment at Sierra Foot & Ankle in Gardnerville, NV today.

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