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How are shin splints treated?

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They often heal on their own, but you can:

  • Rest your body. It needs time to heal.
  • Ice your shin to ease pain and swelling. Do it for 20-30 minutes every 3 to 4 hours for 2 to 3 days, or until the pain is gone.
  • Use insoles or orthotics for your shoes. Shoe inserts -- which can be custom-made or bought off the shelf -- may help if your arches collapse or flatten when you stand up.
  • Take anti-inflammatory painkillers, if you need them. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), like ibuprofen, naproxen, or aspirin, will help with pain and swelling.

From: What Are Shin Splints? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: ''Shin Splints.''

Davis, M. , American College of Physicians Press, 2005. Expert Guide to Sports Medicine

Rouzier, P. second edition, SportsMed Press, 2004. The Sports Medicine Patient Advisor,

Mayo Clinic: “Stress Fractures.”

Reviewed by Michael W. Smith on December 13, 2017

SOURCES:

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: ''Shin Splints.''

Davis, M. , American College of Physicians Press, 2005. Expert Guide to Sports Medicine

Rouzier, P. second edition, SportsMed Press, 2004. The Sports Medicine Patient Advisor,

Mayo Clinic: “Stress Fractures.”

Reviewed by Michael W. Smith on December 13, 2017

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