While runners are at high risk for developing shin splints, any sport that requires running, jumping, sustained walking, or frequent directional changes (basketball, football, tennis, Zumba) can result in shin splints.
When Should I Return To My Activities?
Performance Footcare recommends 2 weeks of pain free ambulation prior to slowly returning to exercise activities. The amount of activity to start with is determined on a patient by patient basis.
How to Prevent Shin Splints
Shin splints are a commonplace injury for active people. However improper fitness or overly difficult fitness routines can put you at a high risk for this condition. There are however steps you can take to lessen your risk for them.
Change it up!
A change in your typical workout routine could be the best remedy for your shin splints. Embrace cross training and break up your running with biking or swimming. These lower impact exercises can alleviate the stress on your calf muscles reducing pain.
Warm Up/Cool Down
Stretching before and after a workout can increase blood circulation and reduces the buildup of lactic acid within the muscle. Lactic acid is a contributing factor in muscle injury. Following your workout try walking, or light stretches to relax your muscles.