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How do you prevent shin splints?

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Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
Orthopedic Surgery 49 years experience
Helpful hints: Choose the right shoes. Wear footwear that suits your sport. If you're a runner, replace your shoes about every 350 to 500 miles .Consider arch supports. Arch supports can help prevent the pain of shin splints, especially if you have flat arches.Essen the impact.Cross train with a sport that places less impact on your shins.Add strenght training to your workout. Thank you.
Dr. Jeffrey Sider
Sports Medicine 39 years experience
Smart training: Begin your training with gradual increases in distance also work out every other day stretch, ice your legs after exercise and wear good running shoes.

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A 39-year-old member asked:

What can I do to help prevent shin splints?

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Dr. Bindu Bamrah
Sports Medicine 25 years experience
Balance exercise: The best way to prevent shin splints is to exercise the muscles of the calf as well as the front of your lower leg. Running shoes with lower heels, "bare foot" shoes, may be of benefit as well. Ice after exercise and resting one to two days a week may help as well.
A 33-year-old member asked:

How to prevent a shin splint?

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Dr. Ronald Oberman
Podiatry 31 years experience
See below: Stretch appropriately before and after exercise. Wear supoorive shoes and orthotics/arch supports. If persists, see Podiatrist or Sports Medicine specialist.
A 34-year-old member asked:

What can you do to treat, cure or prevent shin splints?

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Dr. Gerard Kerbleski
Podiatry 33 years experience
Resistance condition: Resistance conditioning should help. Try putting a bean bag on the top of your foot and then bending your ankle to lift your toes up. As you lift your toes tip them so the sole of your foot faces outward. That motion should strengthen the muscle that is usually responsible for shin splints. In addition, balancing up on your tip toes is another goid exercise to strengthen thoee muscles.
A 34-year-old member asked:

What can help prevent or relieve shin splints?

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Dr. Mark Galland
Orthopedic Surgery 32 years experience
X-training benefits: Cross training is a good way to increase overall fitness and prevent overuse injuries (such as "shin splints) in specific body regions. Using various muscle groups and altering the areas of greatest stress on the body during exercise gives muscles, bones, ligaments, tendons, etc a chance to recovery between specific workouts. Try biking or swimming.
A 48-year-old member asked:

I get shin splints. What can I do to prevent this?

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Dr. David Laha
Podiatry 38 years experience
Good shoes/supports: Shin splint are an overuse injury. Improving foot function with good shoes and supports is most helpful. Ice, antiinflammatories and limited weight bearing activities. See your foot specialists for an evaluation. Dr l.

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