Shin Splint Treatment Ansonia CT

In order to prevent injury from running and other repetitive high-impact activities, incorporating drills as prevention is always a good idea. Shin splints are one of the main injuries acquired by people who take up activities such as running, soccer or basketball.

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Exercises for Prevention

In order to prevent injury from running and other repetitive high-impact activities, incorporating drills as prevention is always a good idea. Shin splints are one of the main injuries acquired by people who take up activities such as running, soccer or basketball. Shin splints are caused by tightness in the lower leg muscles, which causes them to pull away from the shin bone, causing inflammation and pain. This condition can be prevented by the following exercises:

1. Heel Walking

Walk on your heels for 20 steps alternately with your toes pointing in, your toes pointing out and your toes pointing forward. (3 x 20 steps per foot)

2. Cable Dorsiflexion

Attach a Thera-Band elastic or exercise tubing to a stable structure and then wrap it around your toes. Pull your toes back toward your shin and then slowly decrease the tension as you point them, but still resisting the tension on the band. (2 x 20 on each side)

3. Towel Rolling

Sit on a chair with the towel flat on the floor at your feet. With your feet at the edge of the towel, try to grab the towel with your toes and pull it towards you. Your heel should remain stationary the entire time. (Do this for 3 minutes on each side)

The purpose of these exercises is to strengthen the muscles of the front of your lower leg, which will help to prevent shin splints. I suggest doing these exercises after every run or game, or at least three times per week. Doing all of them sho...

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