Apr 18, 2013 6:46pm
Shin splints are fractures in the tibia. You not only need to focus on letting them heal, but also you need to prevent them from happening again. While you have them, lay off all exercises that strain the lower leg. Focus on simply stretching your gastrocnemius (calf muscle). When the pain subsides, lessen the load that you were originally placing on your calves. If you run, run slower or for less time. When you lessen your load, you also need to be doing strength training exercises for the calf, so that the muscle can support the bone properly. Do not do exercises that are really hard on your lower legs, or you will get shin splints again! Start easy and slowly build up. Continue to stretch. Also, I would recommend getting more calcium and magnesium into your diet. Calcium and magnesium work hand-in-hand to make your bones stronger. I got shin splints three times in a row, so I have done extensive research on the subject.