How to Wrap an Ace Bandage for a Shin Splint

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Shin splints are a common injury among runners and other athletes caused by the extreme pressure on the legs, especially with high mileage and hard surfaces. Shin splints consist of extreme tenderness and pain along the inner and outer shins.

Along with icing your shins and resting frequently, wrapping your lower legs with an Ace bandage--an elastic bandage commonly applied to injuries--can help alleviate the pain of shin splints. The Ace bandage will put pressure on the shins, compressing the muscles and minimising the discomforting movements.

Hold one end of your Ace bandage just above the ankle.

Wrap the Ace bandage all the way around your leg, forming layers and gradually working up your leg. Wrap the Ace bandage around your leg until you get to the knee. You want to stop wrapping just about an inch below the knee cap.

Pull any slack out of the Ace bandage, ensuring that it is tightly wrapped.

Tuck both ends of the Ace bandage beneath the wrapping, and secure both ends with a strip of athletic tape.