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The Mystery Behind the Pain of Shin Splints: PART IV Treatment of Posterolateral Shin Splints

Posted Mar 16 2011 11:03am 1 Comment

Treatment with this type of shin splint is to stop running altogether and engage in other types of exercise. Changing your running shoes to one with a rigid heel can help. Also, getting special orthotics for the feet are recommended. These Arch supports for your shoes can be custom-made or bought off the shelf – they can help with flat feet.

Strengthening exercises is something else we recommend. Some people may even need surgery to repair the torn tendon.

  1. Toe Raises: Stand up and slowly rise up on your toes- Do this 10 times. Once you are a pro, hold onto weights and do the same thing. Do 2 sets of 10.
  2. Outward Rolls: While standing up, roll your ankle out so that the inner part of the sole is off of the floor. Slowly lower the sole back onto the floor. Do 3 sets of 10.


Just like we said in a previous section of this shin splint series, ice helps. Other treatments that help with shin splints is cold therapy . Icing the area can decrease pain and swelling. Do it for 20-30 minutes every three to four hours for two to three days, or until the pain is gone

Check out our Shin Splints Series:




Source: The Merck Manual of Medical Info

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The pain is indeed mysterious. I have been suffering from swollen shin (lateral, about 4 inches above my right ankle) for almost 42 days now. The bump can be felt when I slide my fingers down my shin. I was given anti-inflammatory and steriod tablets, and asked to practise R.I.C.E, still the pain and swelling doesn't go. I completely stopped my aerobics classes for almost a month now. What is mysterious, at times I can feel the burning sensation running from my ankle right up to my knee but most of the time on the bump. I don't feel normal anymore and each time I put pressure on the right leg (i.e. standing and slow walking) the pain pops back. Sometimes, when seated, I can feel the pain and burning sensation.

I am very worried, what am I suffering from and why is it taking too long to recover? Can anyone advise and help me? Thank You.

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