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Health Tip: Prevent Shin Splints

Don't change exercise routine too abruptly

(HealthDay News) - Shin splints are an injury common in runners and dancers, and others who put stress on their lower legs. The condition is characterized by pain in the shins.

Here are ways to help prevent shin splints, courtesy of Community Medical Centers in Fresno, Calif.:

  • If you want to change your exercise routine, make the changes over time. Sudden, extreme changes in exercise can contribute to shin splints.
  • Make sure running shoes fit properly, are in good shape and are not too worn, or worn unevenly.
  • Get a new pair of running shoes after they've been worn for about 350 miles.
  • Always stretch thoroughly and warm up before heading out for a run.
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