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Shin Splints

Adequate rest will avert chronic pain

(HealthDayNews) -- Shin splints are usually caused by inflammation or injury to the shin muscles. The predominant symptom is a sharp, searing type of pain along the bone of your lower leg.

The Calgary Health Region of Canada offers these self-care tips:

  • Rest the affected leg as much as possible.
  • Substitute non-weight bearing exercises, such as swimming, for your usual workout until the pain has gone.
  • Do daily calf muscle and Achilles tendon stretches but avoid stretching the shin muscles.
  • Apply ice to the inflamed area.
  • Wrap your lower leg with a tensor bandage to provide support.
  • Elevate the lower leg above the level of your heart as often as possible.

The pain from shin splints can last from several days to a week, but may become chronic if you don't allow enough time for your leg to heal.

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