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Have shin splints. Any thing besides tape them up and ice?

Jul 2013
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I have shin splints is their any thing to do for them besides tape them up and ice?
Posted Tue, 12 Nov 2013 in Bones, Muscles and Joints
Answered by Dr. K. Naga Ravi Prasad 2 hours later
Brief Answer:
Shin splints can be treated by self care steps.

Detailed Answer:
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Shin splints or Medial tibial stress syndrome can be effectively treated by few self care measures as mentioned below -

- Rest : Avoid activities that cause pain, swelling or discomfort — but don't give up all physical activity. While you're healing, try low-impact exercises, such as swimming, bicycling or water running. If your shin pain causes you to limp, consider using crutches until you can walk normally without pain.

- Ice the affected area : Apply ice packs to the affected shin for 15 to 20 minutes at a time, four to eight times a day for several days. To protect your skin, wrap the ice packs in a thin towel.

- Take an over-the-counter pain reliever : Try ibuprofen, naproxen sodium or acetaminophen to reduce pain.

- Reduce swelling : Elevate the affected shin above the level of your heart, especially at night. It may also help to compress the area with an elastic bandage or compression sleeve.

- Consider arch supports : Arch supports can help cushion and disperse stress on your shinbones.

- Wear proper shoes: You should select a shoe that's especially suited for your foot type, your stride and your particular sport.

Resume your usual activities gradually. Don't ever try to "run through the pain" as it may may worsen the injury and make the pain more intense and longer lasting.
If your shin isn't completely healed, returning to your usual activities may only cause continued pain.

Hope I have addressed your query.

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