The term “shin splints” is used for the pain we experience along the shinbone (tibia), which is the large bone in the front of our lower leg. This problem occurs most commonly in dancers, runners and military recruits.

Shin splint in the medicine is known as the medial tibial stress syndrome. It often occurs in athletes who have changed or intensified their training routine.

The best medicine is to prevent shin splints. However, unfortunately,for a lot of new runners it’s already too late, without even realizing it, they’ve already developed this annoying condition.

Prevention

You should mix up a little and add variety to your training routine. If your training consists only of jogging, you might consider adding strength exercises. Single leg exercises are very helpful when it comes to prevent shin splints. You could try exercises such as: single deadlifts or squats, when you’re not running.

Make sure to stretch really well before your workout. The stretches must be dynamic and not static. You could try lunges and high knees, which will be like a prep for your jogging workout.

Treatment

This is no good news for the joggers, but you should reduce your mileage – more severe pain means more rest and reducing your training. This is a must if you want your shin splints to heal.

For the soreness and irritation, after your workout, you should apply ice to your shins and keep it on for 10 to 20 minutes, then, remove it for an hour, and repeat the procedure for 10 to 20 more minutes.

A massage would do you good. If  your shin splints is mild to moderate, you could massage your lower legs using a foam roll. However, professional deep tissue massage is the best for treating shin splints.