Shin splints cause a dull aching pain in the front lower leg and can be caused by a variety of different reasons. To diagnose shin splints, you definitely need to see a doctor, and get checked out.
Although shin splints are caused by a variety of different problems, treatment is usually the same:
- Rest your body so the underlying issue heals.
- Icing the shin to reduce 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.
- Arch supports for your shoes. These orthotics — which can be custom-made or bought off the shelf — may help with flat feet.
- Range of motion exercises, if your doctor recommends them.
- Neoprene sleeve to support and warm the leg.
- Physical therapy to strengthen the muscles in your shins. Consult a Personal Trainer.
The most important thing you can do currently is to rest, see a doctor and find out what type of shin splints you have, and what action you need to take.