I’m frequently asked, especially by newer runners, about shin splints and the best way to treat them. Shin splints are caused by an increase in load to the shin, this might be because you are new to running or because you have upped your mileage in preparation for an event. It is felt as pain down the lower leg.
I wanted to give you the best, research informed, advice so I’ve asked Chris Wilson at REACT Physiotherapy about what he recommends and he has kindly provided this info sheet which is now available on our website.
If you get shin splints then, most likely, you will need to reduce your running mileage. Once you can manage the pain then strength exercises are vital (I never do enough strength exercises so this is a classic case of please do as I say and not as as I do)! Plyometric exercises such as jumping gradually introduce the load to the area and build up tolerance. Gradually restart running when it feels comfortable. You can also schedule an appointment with a doctor through digital health services to know more about your pain.
I hope you find this helpful!