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What can runners do to heal shin splints?

“What can runners do to heal shin splints?…The best answer is to avoid them! And to do that, you need to be careful when it comes to increasing your mileage.  Increase your mileage slowly, especially when you are a beginner.  You should increase mileage no more than 5-10% per week.  Also, make sure you have a good fitting shoe for your type of arch and foot strike. If it is too late and you have already have shin pain, you must reduce mileage in half until the pain reduces.  Ice application, calf sleeves and the use of self-massage to the calves may help as well. When pain is significantly improved, you may increase mileage by 5-10% as per above instructions. If the pain persists, visit your physician.  Most likely, it is a muscle imbalance, and a prescription for physical therapy can often help to correct that,” Shelley Hanchett, PT, CHT, VP of Operations for Advanced Physical Therapy Center and Clio Clinic Director.

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