How To Tape Shin Splints
Learning how to tape shin splints is important for a runner. Learning to tape shin splints will help to reduce the pain and discomfort. Shin splints are very common among runners and can be debilitating. Proper taping will help reduce the discomfort and keep you in your running routine. Shin splints are caused by extended or repeated stresses to the lower extremities. Very common in runners and treatment is mostly with anti-inflammatory and ice packs. Runners wanting to reduce the stress and pain can tape their legs to assist in reducing the stress. Look at the routine defined below and if you suffer from shin splints try it and see if it helps reduce the discomfort.
If you experience extreme pain or constant aching, you might consider consulting a physician. Shin splints are painful, but there may also be a chance for a stress fracture. It is always better to side on caution.
Things you will need to do this are:
- Sports tape
- Leg sleeve
- Place a leg sleeve over the shin area. The sleeve should fit from the ankle to just below the knee. Make sure that the sleeve fits snug. Once the sleeve is properly fitted, you can then apply the tape.
- Start by taping around the base of the sleeve nearest the ankle. Then do the same at the top, nearest the knee. Make sure the tape is tight but not so tight as to cut off circulation.
- Next, take several pieces of tape and run them down the front of the leg. You will be covering the shin area. Wrap the shin tightly to provide support and to help reduce stress.