Natural Remedies For Shin Splints

Shin splints is a condition, commonly found in athletes and runner. IT is generally a self-limiting condition which can be treated with rest. However, there are various natural remedies which can be used to manage the symptoms of shin splints.

Natural Remedies For Shin Splints

Natural Remedies For Shin Splints

Various approaches are used to manage the symptoms of shin splints. Some approaches are used treat the damage. Following are the natural remedies that can be used for the management of shin splints:

Rest: Rest is a natural remedy for shin splints. Rest is an important approach for the management of shin splints. Shin splints are caused due to the related trauma on the tibia and is characterized by the presence of pain on the edge of tibia. The pain is due to the damage of the muscles and bone tissues. Thus, to heal the muscle and the bone tissue, the body and the effected organ should be put at rest.

Icing: Shin splints is characterized by pain, inflammation and swelling due to the damage of the tissues. Icing is the best natural method to reduce the symptoms of the shin splints. The icing should be done for 15-20 minutes every 3-4 hours for effective treatment.

Sleep: Energy is required for the healing of the damaged and irritated tissues. Thus, sleeping is the best option for preserving energy and this energy can then be directed for treating shin splints.

Plenty Of Water: Shin splints are characterized by pain and inflammation. Thus, there are inflammatory mediators present in the body that increases the free radicals in body. The patient is advised to drink plenty of water to flush out the toxic substances from the body.

Anti-Inflammatory Diet: To manage the pain and inflammation from shin splints, anti-inflammatory foods are incorporated in the diet of the patient. The anti-inflammatory food includes papaya, cherry, almonds, and tomatoes.

Massage The Shin Bone: To reduce pain, inflammation and swelling, shin bone is massage. The massage of the shin bone improves the blood circulation and accelerates healing of tissues and muscles.

Warm-Up Regimen: The patient should not start the exercise as soon as entering the gym as the muscles are stiff and are relatively not flexible. Doing the exercise with tight muscles increases the risk of shin splints. Thus, warm-up should be done prior to exercise.

Proper Shoes: The footwear should be such that it has the proper arch. This will reduce the risk of shin splints. Further, customized shoes can be made to satisfy the need of the patient. The patient should not wear torn shoes as it may impart excess stress on the shin bone while running.

Walking Or Running Posture: The walking and running posture also has an impact on the development of shin splints. The person or athlete should maintain proper posture while walking or running. The posture is more important while running or walking uphill or downhill. The body posture should not be leaned forward as it will cause an added stress on the leg muscles and bone.

Correct Breathing: Correct breathing helps in increasing the energy of the body by improving circulation leading to the reduction in muscle cramps and fatigue. Correct breathing helps the lungs to fill oxygen with full capacity during exercise.

Avoiding Certain Foods: Certain foods cause inflammation in the body and should be avoided. These foods include sugar, high fructose, excessive alcohol and meat.

Avoid Running On Flat Surfaces: Running on the flat surfaces increase the stroke on the foot and thus increases the risk of shin splints thus, running on flat surfaces to be avoided.

Application Of Aloe Vera: Aloe Vera contains various anti-inflammatory chemicals that helps reduce inflammation and pain.

Alkalizing The Body: Shin splints causes pain and inflammation. Alkalizing the body reduces pain and inflammation. The alkalinity is increased by the administration of lemon water.


There are various natural remedies which are used to manage the symptoms as well as accelerate the healing of shin splints. The natural remedies include rest, icing, anti-inflammatory foods, sleeping, and proper breathing, warming up and alkalizing the body.

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Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA
Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA
Written, Edited or Reviewed By: Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA Pain Assist Inc. This article does not provide medical advice. See disclaimer
Last Modified On:December 17, 2021

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