There are a variety of stretches to prevent shin splints. The best stretches work the calves and the shins. You should include exercises to build lower limb strength as well. This helps condition the feet to handle the strain that may lead to painful shins. Here are a few stretches and exercises you can try:
- Wall stretch – Face a wall and lunge toward it, one leg forward and the other behind. Keeping both heels planted on the floor, straighten your back knee and lean further forward. Repeat it with both knees bent for a different stretch.
- Toe lifts – Keeping your back straight, lean backwards against a wall. Flex your feet and lift your toes up toward your shins as high as you can. Hold for five seconds, then relax and repeat ten times.
If you develop shin pain, take a break from your activities and let the Family Foot Care & Surgery, L.L.C. team help you recover. You can reach us for an appointment or more information about preventing shin splints by calling (203) 876-7736 for the Milford, CT office, or (203) 288-4055 for the Hamden location.