Shin Splints

Also known as: tibial stress syndrome.

What are shin splints?

Shin splints refer to pain that radiates along the shinbone, or tibia, in the lower portion of the leg. It is a common problem related to running and other exercises.

What causes shin splints?

Shin splints can occur due to the repetitive motion related to running or other workout programs. Change in exercise type, duration, intensity or if the person has flat feet or wear improper footwear can increase the chances of developing shin splints.

What are the symptoms of shin splints?

The pain related to shin splints can be either sharp or dull and happen while exercising or afterward. Touching the spot can sometimes make the pain worse.

What are shin splints care options?

Shin splints can typically be treated with rest, ice, compression, elevation (RICE), as well as stretching, wearing supportive bandages or shoes, and using over-the-counter pain relievers. Surgery is rarely needed for shin splints.

Reviewed by: Annie L Casta, MD

This page was last updated on: September 24, 2021 04:08 PM