You’ve probably heard of the Make A Wish foundation, an organization dedicated to fulfilling the wishes of seriously ill children. They’ve pulled off some elaborate requests over the years, like transforming San Francisco into Gotham City for a day so one little boy could become “Batkid.” On February 1, 2014, Las Vegas is hosting a Walk for Wishes and 5k Fun Run to help raise money for the organization so it can keep doing what it does best—making kids smile. If you’re looking for an event with a good cause, this is a must for your 2014 schedule.

Of course, if you’re a runner who struggles with shin splints, getting back into the swing of things following the holidays can cause flare-ups, especially if you took a break from your routine to travel or just rest. You already know getting rid of shin splints can be a challenge, but that doesn’t have to keep you from racing. A little care as you prep for the Walk for Wishes and 5k Fun Run can keep you jogging at your best.

Ice your shins regularly as you heal. This lowers inflammation and encourages blood flow, which stimulates your natural healing processes. Do some physical therapy exercises and stretches to loosen tight muscles and build up endurance. The experts here at Absolute Foot Care Specialists can provide you with different exercises to try, but simple towel stretches, balancing exercises, and heel raises will help, too. You may also need to have your gait analyzed to see if you need running orthotics to control incorrect movements.

As you recover from your shin splints and train for that next great event, don’t forget to continue taking care of your lower legs. Shin splits are hard to get rid of, but can be prevented if you are careful. That way you can be well-rested and ready to hit the pavement on February 1, 2014, to help the Make A Wish foundation continue to serve kids around the country. If you’re struggling with shin splints or other exercise pain, contact Absolute Foot Care Specialists here in Las Vegas for an appointment or more information and take care of your body. Call (702) 839-2010 or visit the website contact page to reach us.

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