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Things You Can Do To Prevent Shin Splints

If you have shin splints or have suffered from this ailment in the past, you know just how difficult it can be to make a full recovery. From the pain to the tenderness to the swelling, you don’t want to do anything but rest.

The best way to treat shin splints is to prevent them in the first place. While it’s not always possible, here are some things you can do to help your cause:

• Take it easy: Don’t put too much stress on your body, such as running long distances before you’re ready to do so. And if you suspect shin splints — or any other type of injury — take a break to pinpoint exactly what you’re up against.

• Analyze your running style: You may find that a simple change to your technique is all it takes to decrease your risk of developing shin splints.

• Check your shoes: Are you wearing the right shoes for the type of workout you’re doing? How old are your shoes? Could you benefit from arch supports or shock-absorbing insoles?

There’s no guarantee that taking these steps will help you prevent shin splints, but it never hurts to try. The last thing you want to do is invite this painful condition into your life.

Jennifer Ferdinand, owner of Serendipity Wellness Studio in Burke, VA, has been practicing massage therapy and esthetics since 2006. She is nationally certified through NCBTMB, and licensed in Virginia for both Massage Therapy and Esthetics.

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