What Exercises Can Treat Shin Splints?

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Shin splints are a real pain in the leg. If you engage in strenuous physical activities like running, dancing or gymnastics, that discomfort along the front of your lower legs that arises when you’ve overworked your leg muscles may seem like an inevitable side effect. But there's good news.

There are several exercises that can help you relieve the pain from shin splints and potentially prevent it in the future, letting you do more of the activities you love. Using key stretches before you're active can go a long way toward minimizing your likelihood of developing shin splints, according to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. And if you do develop this condition, these same exercises, along with rest, can help reduce the discomfort.