Unfortunately, the best advice for people with shin splints is to stop running entirely for a few weeks (or months) so that the pain can subside and your body can fully heal. We know this is difficult, especially for “hardcore” runners (the kind of people for whom “only” 20 miles a week seems like “rest”), but your body needs time. Continuing the activity that caused the initial discomfort will prevent healing.
While running is off the table for a while, stay active with low-impact exercises. If you have access to a pool, go for a swim or do some water running. Alternatively, try going for a nice bike ride. Activities such as these help you maintain cardiovascular fitness while protecting your still-healing shins.
If you’re suffering from shin splints, set up an appointment with Dr. Danciger in Palm Desert, CA today. You may benefit from custom orthotics, laser therapy, or other treatment methods designed to reduce pain or correct contributing issues. You can contact us online or dial 760-568-0108.