Shin splints is an injury almost every runner experiences at one time or another. KT Tape can be used to treat shin splint pain both during and after running or sporting activity, but it can also be used preventatively. In addition, check out these shin splint stretching tips from Rick Braver, D.P.M. on Active.com that will help prevent shin splints going forward! Runners often develop shin splints when increasing mileage or when adding speedwork to their routines. The following exercises, courtesy of Rick Braver, D.P.M., will help prevent shin splints:
- Stand with your heels together and toes pointed out. Slowly raise up onto your toes and lower yourself back down. Repeat 10 times.
- Stand with your big toes together and heels far apart. Slowly raise up onto your toes, then lower yourself back down. Repeat 10 times.
- Go late in the day, when your feet are their largest (feet swell during the day and during running);
- Bring along the socks you'll wear while running; and
- Have both feet measured by a salesperson, even if you think you know your shoe size. (One foot is often larger than the other, and you'll need to be fitted for the larger foot.)