To help alleviate Shin Splints
Just for the record, I had shin splints many years ago and I did feel that calf length compression socks / guards helped me. But, since I was doing other things to aid my problem, like running more off road, treadmill and reduced mileage as well as doing more exercises to help, it is hard to say if it was responsible or not. But, in my opnion, it cannot doing any harm. Maybe sometimes the placebo affect of doing something can help. I also figured that even the worse case scenario was that they were keeping my muscles warmer and that was a good thing in the winter months. I would also assume that they help reduce the muscle vibration a little, at least in my simplistic view it does! But the most important thing to know about shin splints is that the only real cure is less or no running until the problem is fixed. It's a tough one for us runners to accept.
I don't think anybody has suggested that wearing calf guards can cause harm so I'm not sure why you have pointed out that wearing them cannot "doing any harm".
……any harm in the cause to potentially reduce the effect or occurence of shin splints.
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