Preventing shin splints from happening in the first place is better than having to treat them. Fortunately, there are a variety of steps that can be taken to keep this condition from causing you pain and discomfort. Start by taking a look at your workout plan (you do have one, right?) and making sure that you are varying your exercises. Cross-training is fantastic for improving your overall health, but it will also decrease your risk of injury by not using the same muscles over and over. Make sure your shoes fit properly and provide good support. Warm up and then stretch (in that order) before exercising. Use strength training to build up leg muscles, especially in your calves. Avoid running on uneven terrain. Most importantly, do not exercise through the pain when you think you are developing shin splints.
Whether you need expert advice on avoiding injury and medical conditions, or you want the best that Richardson, TX has to offer in podiatric care, we are here for you. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Gene Reister at Richardson Podiatry Associates by calling (972) 690-5374 or using our online form.
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