Guide to Shin Splints Shin splints are discomfort in the front of the lower leg during exercise. The pain is usually caused by tears in the muscle. Since shin splints are caused by stress overload, they often happen when you
run too far, too fast, too soon. When the inflammation exceeds your body's ability to heal, it irritates the tendons, muscles, and bones. Since shin splints are an overuse injury,
the best course of action is to avoid
continued stress of the area. During this time, you can cross-train, strength train, foam roll, and stretch. Over the counter medications, ice, compression, and acupuncture are methods to help reduce the pain and inflammation caused by shin splints. To prevent shin splints, make sure to
start slow, check your running form,
stretch, and don't forget to cross train.