Lifestyle and home remedies

To help relieve the pain of chronic exertional compartment syndrome, try the following:

  • Use athletic shoe inserts (orthotics) or wear better athletic shoes.
  • Limit your physical activities to those that don't cause pain, especially focusing on low impact activities such as cycling or an elliptical trainer. For example, if running bothers your legs, try swimming. Or try running on softer surfaces.
  • Apply ice to the affected area after exercising.
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