If you've ever experienced shin splints then you know they are no fun and can really put a damper on your running schedule. The good news is that they aren't usually serious. The bad news is that when it comes to healing them, time is the best medicine. Here are some good tips on dealing with shin splints:
- Most shin splints will benefit from plenty of rest. You should not exercise for at least a week, and take a break of at least two-to-four weeks from running.
- Ice the injury for 20 minutes, at least twice a day. (I like to use the Cryocup.)
- Use over-the-counter pain relievers to ease discomfort.
- For stress fractures, diagnosed by a doctor, at least a month's rest is required. You should not run or exercise during that time.