Try this stretch for shin and calf pain

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Recently a client came to see me for shin splints (shin pain) right before a triathlon. Here’s why they might occur:

  • Too much exercise (activity) too soon
  • Not stretching daily
  • Tight achilles tendon (calf)
  • Worn sneakers or improper footwear (think flip flops)

What to do:

  • Do the stretch above daily and especially before and after exercise
  • Stretch your calves
  • Hold all stretches for 30 sec (if your knees are pain free)
  • Cut back on the exercise that’s causing the pain for 1 week
  • If you’re running try biking or swimming intermittently
  • If it doesn’t get better see a physical therapist and of course you can email me with your physical therapy question
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