You can reduce your risk of developing shin splints by wearing good, supportive footwear designed for your activity and for your foot arch style. Flat feet and high arches can both contribute to pain in your shins, but proper shoes or custom orthotics can realign your bones so they work more efficiently and head off issues that could lead to this injury. Warming up before running or participating in your favorite sport is very important, and following a good stretching program, especially before and after activity, is also helpful. You should also work on strengthening the muscles and increasing the flexibility in your hips and ankles. If you run, it helps to cross train with other activities like swimming and biking so you aren’t using your legs in the same way all the time.
If you need help dealing with painful shins, call on the experts at Rocky Mountain Foot & Ankle Center. You can reach us by phone at (303) 423-2520 or online using the “request an appointment” tab on our website. We are eager to help you solve your foot and leg problems so you can enjoy your life activities without pain.