Preventing shin splints

The following measuresmay help reduceyour chances of gettingshin splints:

  • wear trainers with appropriate cushioning and supportit may help tospeak to an expert ata specialist running shop for advice if you're buying running shoes for the first time
  • run and train on flat, soft surfaces, such as a recreation ground or playing field, whenever possible
  • introduce any changes to your activity level gradually
  • mix high-impact exercises like running with low-impact exercises likeswimming
  • lose weight if you're overweight
  • improve your overall strength and flexibility
  • warm up before exercising and stretch after exercising in particular, stretching your calves and the front of your legs may help

Speak to a foot specialist called a podiatrist if youhave flat feetor your feet roll inwards. They may recommend supportive inserts for your shoes (orthotics) to reduce the pressure on your shins.

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Medically Reviewed by a doctor on 21 Dec 2018