Shin Splints? get toned without pain!!

What hurts?

Your shins, the tibialis anterior tendon, all the way up the front of your leg

Why it hurts: When you have shin splints, the tissue surrounding your shins becomes inflamed.  When you run, your legs absorb three to four times your body weight every step.  That muscle gets tired and fatigued and before you know it, your doing too much too soon.  Running long distance and piling on miles too quickly can cause this inflammation and pain.

Treatment: Wrap an ice cube in a thin rag or freeze water in a “dixie” cup.  Firmly rub it up and down your leg, on either side of your shinbone, for 15 minutes at a time. Repeat twice if needed

Your new workout strategy: Hard surfaces exacerbate the pain, reduce your time or distance, swap in a few runs on the treadmill, dirt path or find a rowing machine that is non-weight bearing. Buy shoes with extra cushioning or get some replacement insoles.  Don’t forget to replace your shoes every 300 400 miles.


About David Nuckols

Inspiring individuals to learn about the human body to motivate lifestyle changes that improve their own self-image

Posted on April 29, 2010, in Your Body and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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