This is a question that comes up often from both walkers and runners. Treatment for shin splints includes rest, massage, ice, stretching, & strengthening. Rest & ice is sometimes the best treatment. You should also be stretching your calves & Achilles tendon. If you have the problem during running or walking, try warming up more & don't increase the speed too quickly. You can also try varying the speed & elevation of the treadmill if you use one instead of keeping it the same.