your doctor if strengthening and
range-of-motion exercises are right for you.
After you feel better, don't go back to your old exercise routine too
quickly. Start slowly, and little by little increase how often and how long you
work out. If you start out too fast, your pain may come back.
Can shin splints be prevented?
There are things
you can do to help prevent shin splints.
Start slowly when you try a new activity.
For example, if you are new to running, increase the distance and pace of your
run over several weeks.
Wear shoes that fit your foot right. And
don't work out in shoes that are worn out.
If you have flat feet,
you may try a shoe insert to give you more support and cushion the impact of
exercising on hard surfaces.
If you are a runner, try
cross-training with a low-impact sport, such as swimming or cycling.