7 Rules for Healing Shin Splints

Shin splint is the catch-all term for lower leg pain that occurs below the knee either on the front outside part of the leg (anterior shin splints) or the inside of the leg (medial shin splints).

When they strike, it can be a nightmare. Each step feels like a knife stabbing through your calf muscles and bone. The common cause? Too many miles, too soon. Experts agree that when shin splints strike, you should stop running completely or decrease your training.

Rest, ice, compression and elevation rule in the shin splint fight. But there are other ways to heal your aching legs. Here are some other treatments you can try:

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