8 Easy To-Do Stretches To Get Rid Of That Nagging Shin Splint Pain
Shin splints are one of the most common injuries runners experience. It’s a nagging pain in your lower leg that can be the results of small fractures of the shin, extremely tight muscles or from overuse and repetitive stress.
The pain can range from increasing the mileage of frequency of your runs to a weakness in your core or hips.
If you face with pain in your shins when you run, you should avoid running on hard surfaces and reduce the number of your runs. Another important thing is to warm up properly, by stretching and strengthening the feet, lower legs and hips.
So, the following stretches are perfect for every runner who suffers from shin splints.
1. Toe Stretch
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Start by standing with your feet together. Crouch down onto your heels. Drop your knees towards the floor as you keep the toes tucked under. Stay with your hands on the floor if the intensity of the stretch is enough.
To deepen, walk your hands up your thighs as you stack your shoulders over your hips. Breathe and stay in this position for up to 45 seconds.
2. Shin Stretch
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Shake out your feet after the toe stretch. Sit on your shins with the tops of the feet flat on the floor. Bring your inner ankles and inner calves together. Place your hands on the floor behind you and begin to gently lean back. As you lean back, your knees might begin to lift depending on your flexibility.
Hold this stretch for 20 seconds and repeat two more times.
3. Low Lunge Ankle Stretch
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Start in a low lunge position with your right foot forward and your left knee down. Keep your right heel flat as you draw your right knee forward. Continue to draw your knee forward as far as you can to feel a stretch in your lower right calf. Stay on this side for one minute and then switch.
4. Calf Raises
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These calf raises can be done on a flat surface or on the edge of a curb or stair. With control, lift your heels up as high as you can and then bring them back down. Perform three sets of 25 calf raises.
5. Hip Raises with Heel Pull
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Start on your back with your feet flat on the ground. The heels should be about hip-distance apart and close enough that you can touch them with your middle fingers. Place your elbows by your sides. Press down through your upper arms as you lift the hips. Keep your feet firmly planted and begin to draw your heels back towards your hips. Then, release the hips down.
Perform three sets of 10 hip raises with the heel pull.
6. Forearm Plank
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Come into a forearm plank position with your elbows under your shoulders and your feet about hip-width apart. Keeping your forearms firmly planted on the floor, begin to aggressively draw your elbows towards your heels to create full body tension.
Hold this plank position for 45 seconds and then repeat two more times.
7. Single Leg Balance
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Stand with your feet beneath you. Draw your right knee into your chest, standing tall and strong on your left leg. Once you find your balance, hold until you feel the bottom of your left foot begin to fatigue.
You also have the option of extending your right leg behind you or staying on one foot and reaching down and touching your left toes before switching legs.
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From your hands and knees, draw your right knee towards your right wrist. Place your right shin on the floor and extend your left leg behind you. Roll towards the front of your left thigh. To deepen the stretch, drop down onto your forearms or all the way down to your forehead. Stay in this stretch for up to one minute, and then switch sides.
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