Q: How can I get past calf and shin pain?
– Rebekah Ferguson-Powers
First, take a couple of rest days. Then go to a specialist running-shoe shop to ensure your shoes are suited to your foot type and running style.
Scale back your mileage for a couple of weeks; and when you increase it, do so by no more than 10 per cent – or less – each week. After every run, stretch your quads, hip flexors, and calves.
If pain persists, take more rest days, ice your calves for 10 to 20 minutes after each run, and massage them (with hands or a foam roller) for several minutes, two to three times a week.
Reader Tip “Once I strengthened the stabilising muscles around my shins, the pain went away.” – Elizabeth Huff