How to Permanently Cure Your Shin Splints and Get Back to Your Loved Sport
Shooting pain starting in the front of your ankle and continuing up almost to your knee cap = shin splints. There are 2 simple steps for shin splints treatment - these steps combined will prevent giving up your favorite sport and the quality of life brought by it.
Shin splints are very common. They are the cause of 13% of all running injuries, but they are also caused by biomechanical inefficiencies, such as flat feet, poor running mechanics, tight muscles in the lower leg and more.
Taking Immediate Action after the injury
The worst thing to do is ignore the pain when it starts - hoping it will go away on its own. You must rest, apply ice and elevate the area in the first 48 to 72 hours after the injury. This will raise your chances of full recovery from shin splints.
Shin splints treatment - Step 1 - Stretching the Calf and Front of Your Leg
Strong and flexible muscles are an extremely important part of shin splints treatment. To keep your muscles and tendons flexible and strong (thus making them support the area properly) - you must stretch the area every day.
One of the best stretches is the "Standing Toe-up Achilles Stretch": Stand upright and place the ball of your foot onto a step or raised object. Bend your knee and lean forward. Hold the stretch for 20 seconds at least, but stop if you feel real pain in the area. Repeat 3 times or more as desired. Also, make sure your shoes are sturdy and give you the support you need, especially in the arch area.
Step 2 - Treating the inflammation (Rehabilitation)
This step is critical for complete recovery from shin splints. Most doctors will prescribe anti-inflammatory drugs for your pain caused by the inflammation. The problem is that these drugs often have serious side effects that can cause damage to your liver and/or kidney.
Instead, you can use natural anti-inflammatory supplements. These can be taken for a long period of time without these dangerous side effects. The best supplements contain many natural herbs that also contribute to your general health and well being and not just treat the inflammation.
Following these 2 simple steps will get you back to your favorite sport activity that you probably miss - in no time at all.