Shin Splints? Quit Pulling My Leg!
Back to Running: tricks to get you going.
A strained TA will hurt. Period. A healed TA will also hurt, as it is comprised with irregular scar tissues that require remodeling. How do you remodel? Stretching, soft tissue work, strengthening and – running!
All of the above will be sore and painful. Recognize this as “normal;” however, still respect the symptoms. Your goal should be to have pain dissipate as soon as possible after activity, and gradually decrease day to day: is your shin less painful this morning than yesterday?
Don’t blast through pain; however, don’t avoid it entirely either. No pain = no remodeling = vastly longer healing time. Just like a runner getting fit, TA integrity increases with gradual build-up of load.