We know you don’t want to hear this, but the very best treatment for shin splints is rest. Yes, that means no running, basketball games, dancing—whatever you were doing that caused your shin pain.
That doesn’t mean no activity at all. In fact, you want to stay active so you don’t lose your conditioning. However, you should choose low-impact activities that won’t cause further harm to the tender tissues along your shin bone.
Other things you can do to lessen the pain while you heal include using ice pack therapy for the soreness and swelling. For pain along the inside edge of your tibia, you can try stretching your Achilles tendon. If the pain presents more on the outer edge of the bone, stretches to limber up your calves may help. There are strengthening exercises to do as well, such as tracing the alphabet with your toes while you are sitting, or lifting and holding up your toes for several seconds while standing.
For more tips or information about this painful, limiting condition, contact Rocky Mountain Foot & Ankle Center in Wheat Ridge, Golden, Evergreen, or Granby, CO, by dialing (303) 423-2520 or contacting us through our website.