There are many running clubs in the Austin, TX community, and we’re willing to bet that there are a number of members with aching shins! Shin splints are commonly seen in runners, especially those who log a lot of miles, run on hard surfaces, overpronate, or ramp up the intensity of their workouts too suddenly. The resulting irritated and inflamed muscles along your shin bone can make your shins throb and ache—stop at the first signs of these symptoms!
As much as most runner’s dislike even the thought of it, rest is essential! You need to give yourself time to heal or the problem will only get worse. Having said that, this doesn’t mean you can’t exercise at all. Low-impact activities like biking, swimming, or pool running can keep your body moving while you are rebounding from shin splints.
You can also use ice and anti-inflammatory medications to help minimize pain and swelling. We can show you exercises that will strengthen the muscles as you recover. Sometimes wearing neoprene sleeves can provide helpful support and warmth, too.
The time it takes to recover from shin splints can be anywhere from a few weeks to a few months, depending on the person and the severity of the situation. It can be frustrating, but don’t be impatient! It’s important not to jump back into your running workouts too quickly in order to avoid reoccurrence. If your leg feels as flexible and strong as it did prior to your injury, and you do not feel any pain at all when running or jumping, then it’s likely safe to start easing back into your routine, slowly increasing intensity and duration until you gradually return to your normal fitness level.
Runners endure a lot of nagging aches and pains, but if you start feeling pain along your shins, don’t be tempted to run through it. Call us at at (512) 593-2949 to make an appointment at either our Round Rock or Cedar Park, TX offices, or use our online contact form. We’ll help you safely recover from shin splints and get back to making entries in your running journal before you know it!