Shin splints occur when the muscles in the front, lower leg become inflamed from overuse. This is usually a result of increasing the intensity of your physical activity routine before your muscles have time to get used to it. One of the biggest components of the healing process is rest. If you try to push through the pain, you may end up with even worse discomfort and a number of other problems. Instead of continuing to run, you should consider switching to a lower-impact sport such as swimming or cycling. If you follow this strategy, it will take less time to completely heal. You can also apply ice, engage in physical therapy, and wear arch supports during this healing time as well.
If you have more questions about treating and preventing shin splints, call Dr. Victoria Melhuish at (775) 783-8037 to schedule an appointment at Sierra Foot & Ankle in either Carson City or Gardnerville, NV.