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Shin splints are pain on the inner part of the shinbone. They’re usually brought on by running or another high-impact activity.
Shin splints get better with rest and do not cause lasting problems.
People with shin splints have pain along the inner edge of the shinbone. The pain is usually during or right after activity.
Shin splints also can lead to swelling and tenderness of the shinbone.
The pain of shin splints is caused by irritation and swelling of the muscles, tendons, and bones in the lower leg.
Shin splints are an overuse injury. They happen because someone does the same movement over and over again (for example, running). They also can happen if a person makes a sudden change in an exercise routine, such as exercising more often or making the workouts more intense.
Shin splints happen in people who do high-impact activities or ones with frequent stops and starts, such as running, jumping, basketball, football, soccer, and dancing.
Some things make it more likely that someone will get shin splints, such as:
To diagnose shin splints, health care providers:
Usually no testing is needed to diagnose shin splints.
People with shin splints need to cut down or avoid all activities that cause pain. Walking and non-weight bearing exercises (like swimming or riding a bike) usually do not cause pain and can be continued.
To help with shin splints, a health care provider may recommend that you:
Someone with shin splints:
Depending on how severe the symptoms are, it can take up to 4–6 weeks of rest before a person should return to sports.
Shin splints usually get completely better with rest. To help prevent shin splints from coming back:
Repetitive stress injuries (RSIs) happen when movements are repeated over and over, damaging a bone, tendon, or joint.
You practiced hard and made sure you wore protective gear, but you still got hurt. Read this article to find out how to take care of sports injuries – and how to avoid getting them.
Patellofemoral pain syndrome (or runner’s knee) is the most common overuse injury among runners, but it can also happen to other athletes who do activities that require a lot of knee bending.
If the tendon just above your heel becomes swollen or irritated due to overuse, it can lead to a painful condition called Achilles tendonitis. Find out how to treat it – and prevent it.
The key to healing meniscus tears is not to get back into play too quickly. Find out what meniscus tears are and how to treat them.
Injuries can be common, and runners should always be aware of their surroundings. To keep things safe while running, follow these tips.
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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