Most of the time, you read all about the wonderful benefits of taking regular exercise. There’s no doubt that being fit increases your chances of being healthy, but what happens when exercise causes you pain? Shin splints are a fairly common complaint, which relates to pain at the front of the calves. Pain is usually felt in both shins, and it tends to become more intense when you’re active. If you’ve started to experience discomfort when you work out, here are some tips for treating shin splints. Shin splint pain comes in a range of severities.
What exactly are shin splints and what are the best ways of treating shin splints?
Shin splints is a name given to pain that occurs in the shins, usually when you’re exercising. This is usually a mild condition, but it can make it uncomfortable when you move around. If you do suffer from pain, it’s best to take some time out from your workout regime and rest. If you try and continue, it’s likely that the pain will get worse. As well as pain, you may also experience additional symptoms such as swelling. To reduce discomfort, you can apply ice packs to the shins, take painkillers and avoid strenuous activity for a few weeks. Most cases of shin splints heal within 8 weeks.
What causes shin splints?
Shin splints are usually the result of overuse and repeated actions. You may be at risk of shin splints if you run a lot or you walk long distances, especially if you tend to run or walk on hard surfaces. If you’re not used to exercising and you suddenly start a new regime, you may also be prone to aches and pains. Try and introduce exercise gradually, and let your body adjust to your new routine. The risk of shin splints may also be elevated by wearing ill-fitting trainers or shoes that don’t offer enough support for the feet.
Sometimes, pain can be caused by running accidents. If you’ve been injured in a running accident in the last 3 years, and you weren’t at fault for your injuries, you may be eligible for compensation. To find out if you have a viable running accident claim, call Accident Advice Helpline. If you’ve sustained running injuries through no fault of your own, we may be able to secure an amount which could be used to cover medical costs or provide help if your injury has affected your ability to work. For more information about making a claim, call now on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone.
Date Published: March 9, 2017
Author: Accident Advice