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I some times get shin splints when I do a lot of running. Active.com has an article called Preventing and treating shin splints with some tips for runners:
- When you go from a soft surface to pavement do it gradually.
- Strech and Strengthen your calf and ankle muscles.
- It could be the shoes.
- Go see the Doctor.
- Ice them
- Once you get them stop running, and switch to biking or something like that.
Shin splints are one of the most misunderstood "injuries" in all of sport. 90% of the incidence of shin splints is directly attributed to poor mechanics and inappropriate footwear with regard to those mechanics. Everyone wants that shoe with loads of cushioning that is light as a feather, truth is, only about 5-10% of the population has the running mechanics to wear said shoe. Anyone who is experiencing any degree of ankle, shin, hip or lower back pain as the result of normal training is encouraged to not only consult a doctor familiar with running, but also to find a shoe store that employs serious runners. Avoid buying shoes from major chains that employ college kids who just need a job at all costs, one said employee once attempted to sell me a shoe that would have nearly crippled me in less than a month.