Shin splints are a common exercise-related problem.
Shin splints result when muscles, tendons, and bone tissue become overworked causing pain “shin splints” along the inner edge of shin bone (tibia).
Shin splints typically develop after physical activity. They are often associated with running. Any vigorous sports activity can bring on shin splints, especially if you are just starting a fitness program.
Shin splints (medial tibial stress syndrome) are an inflammation of the muscles, tendons, and bone tissue around your tibia.
Pain typically occurs along the inner border of the tibia, where muscles attach to the bone.
Initially, the pain recedes as you cease the exercising activity. Eventually, however, the pain can be continuous and might progress to a stress reaction or stress fracture. Please consult your doctor if this is the case.
Most cases of shin splints can be treated with rest, ice and other self-care measures.
Wearing proper footwear and modifying your exercise routine can help prevent shin splints from recurring.
Shoe inserts can help align and stabilize your foot and ankle, taking stress off of your lower leg.