For the last 3 days, I have had Shin Splints so bad that I haven’t been able to do any cardio workouts, so I figured it would be a great topic to discuss. I am going to explain what exactly shin splints are, what causes them, and how to treat them.
What are shin splints? Shin splints are inflammations in the tissues on the outer part of the shins. When you get them, you will have anywhere from slight to extreme pain in the outer shin area. For the shin splints I currently have, the pain is pretty severe, and that is because I try to ignore the pain and keep going. They have slightly bothered me for the past month, but have gotten much worse within the last few days. I have noticed quite a bit of swelling in the area as well.
What causes shin splints? They occur mostly in runners or “power” walkers, and are caused by a sudden increase in distance or intensity. The muscle tissue becomes inflamed, which leads to pain in the area. I have been running anywhere from 3-6 miles a day, which is what caused them.
How are they treated?
– Anti-inflammatory medication
– Stretching and strengthening exercises
– Having the correct running shoes with inserts if needed
– Stationary bike