What Are Some Home Remedies for Shin Splints?

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According to the Mayo Clinic, the best home remedies for shin splints are rest from high-impact activities, icing the affected area for 15 to 20 minutes 4 to 8 times daily and taking an over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medicine. MedicineNet suggests bandaging the affected area with an Ace or neoprene bandage, and stretching the front and back of the calf prior to exercise.

As long as the shin splints remain painful, the Mayo Clinic recommends avoiding running or jumping. Continue low-impact exercise such as swimming or biking. Once the pain subsides, return slowly to the previous level of training over the course of three to six weeks. MedicineNet states that both the intensity and duration of the exercise should be reduced by 50% at the start training, and the sufferer should avoid hard or uneven ground. Suddenly returning to the earlier amount of activity makes it likely the shin splint pain will return quickly. To prevent shin splints, the Mayo Clinic suggests replacing running shoes every 350 to 500 miles. Arch supports can help those with flat feet. Cross-training with a non-load bearing sport lessens stress on the shin area, as does gradually increasing time and intensity of new activities. If home remedies are not successful in relieving pain, MedicineNet recommends contacting a doctor or physical therapist.