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Shin Splints Treatment, Exercises And Prevention

  • By Dr. Jordan D. Metzl, M.D.
  • Published Apr 22, 2014
  • Updated Apr 22, 2014 at 5:52 PM UTC


Fix and prevent this common lower-leg injury.

Shin splints are among the most frustrating injuries because they make a basic act—running—impossible. The term “shin splints” actually denotes more than one lower-leg ailment, but let’s focus on the more common bone-related shin pain.

The Symptoms

More common (roughly 90 percent of cases): Pain in the bony part of the shin, along the tibia, during and after exercise and when you press on the area.

Less common (about 10 percent of cases): A tightening pain in the soft, outside, muscular part of the shin, usually bad enough that running becomes impossible, and then subsides when you stop running.

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