Treating shin splints at home

Shin splints can usually be treated at home. The followingmay help relieve the pain and allow your legs toheal:

  • rest stop the activity that causes your shin splints for at least two to three weeks; you can then start gradually returning to your normal activities
  • ice hold an ice pack against your shins (a bag of frozen peas wrapped in a tea towel works, too) for around 10 minutes every few hours for the first few days; this helps with pain and swelling
  • pain relief take over-the-counter painkillers, such as paracetamol and ibuprofen , to help relieve the pain if you needto
  • switch tolow-impact activities using a cross-trainer, cycling , swimming and yoga are good waysto keep fit without putting toomuch pressure on your shinswhile they heal

You can start to return to your usual activities over the following few weeks once the pain has gone. Take care to increase your activity level gradually, building up the time you spend running or doing sports.

Make sure you follow the steps to prevent shin splints outlined below to reduce the risk of the pain coming back.

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Medically Reviewed by a doctor on 21 Dec 2018