While you can continue to run with shin splints, doing so will not allow you to heal, so you’ll continue to have pain. Shin splints are a type of overuse injury. The best way to deal with the problem is to either stop running for a time, or dramatically reduce your training to the point where you do not experience any discomfort. Usually shin splints result from improper training or poor conditioning, though worn shoes can also contribute to the problem. You really need to address these issues and rest to allow your lower limbs to heal properly. You also need to decrease the inflammation in your shins. Icing the uncomfortable areas and stretching tightened tissues can help with this.
You’ll heal much faster if you don’t run with shin splints. If you struggle with the pain for a while, though, let us know at Family Foot Care & Surgery, L.L.C. in Milford and Hamden, CT. We can help you heal and safely return to running. Call or submit a request online to reach us: (203) 876-7736 for the Milford office, or (203) 288-4055 for the Hamden location.