Shin Splints

Shin splints are characterized by pain in the front or inside aspect of the lower leg. The pain usually develops gradually without a history of trauma, and might begin as a dull ache along the front or inside of the shin (Tibia) after running or even walking.


Shin Splints are usually caused by moderate to heavy physical activity, especially activities that involve running and ‘stop start’ action such as tennis or basketball. The pain involved with Shin Splints comes from excessive amounts of force on the shin bone and surrounding muscles.
The excessive activity can cause inflammation in the muscles, which places more pressure on the shin bones and can even cause hairline fractures.


Initial treatment should involve reducing activity to help relieve pressure in the lower legs and allow the injury to heal.
Applying cool packs and taking anti-inflammatories to relieve swelling will also help. compression bandages and a foam roller may also be used to relieve pain and assist in healing.