Detected early enough, most cases of shin splints can be treated easily without an intensive medical intervention. There are three primary approaches to treating shin splints:
1. IceEasy to apply and surprisingly effective, ice packs actively reduce pain and inflammation upon application. Simply place an ice pack within a thin towel and apply it to the affected area for no more than 15 to 20 minutes. This can be done several times a day as per the advice of your doctor or physiotherapist, though be sure not to expose your skin to the ice-pack directly.
2. CompressionCompression socks, calf sleeves, bandages and other supportive accessories can be great for relieving the pain and discomfort of shin splints. Compression helps to optimise blood flows and to improve the delivery of oxygen and key nutrients to the muscles and tendons of the lower leg.
3. ElevationSimply by keeping your feet in an elevated position while resting, gravity will help to prevent excessive inflammation and swelling of your lower leg. If possible, it can also be helpful to sleep with your legs in an elevated position.
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