Shin splints symptoms


shinShin splints pain may begin as a nagging ache but will be exacerbated by running or jumping and can develop into a more noticeable, significant pain if left untreated. Sufferers often find it difficult to ascertain how long they’ve actually had shin pain as it comes on insidiously and quite often, in the early stages, wears off once the muscles have warmed up. The condition, although prevalent among runners, is a common sporting injury suffered by participants of many other weight-bearing or high impact activities with the pain generally being caused by a stress overload placed on the tibia.

The symptoms of shin splints depends on whether the problem is a muscular shin splint or a bone shin splints, however generalised shin splint symptoms include;

Pain or tenderness will be felt in the general area of the shin but most commonly the lower, inside area of the shin bone (tibia).

In some cases, swelling may be visible.

In some cases it may be possible to feel small lumps on the inside edge of the tibia.

In some cases, redness may appear in the skin over the painful area.

Pointing the toes or foot downwards will generally increase the pain.

Pain may be experienced each time the foot hits the ground - even in walk.

Shin pain experienced at the beginning of an exercise session may ease off as the muscles warm up.

Shin pain that eases during exercise may return after the exercise session and very often the following morning.

Shin splints symptoms specifics


The symptoms of the three main types of shin splints can be similar but also subtly different.


Shin splints- tibialis anterior (muscular)

Tibilais anterior shin splints pain is felt on the front and outside of the shin, which is first fnoticed when the heel touches the ground during running. Pain eventually becomes constant and the shin is painful to the touch. For more information on this form of shin splint pain click here.


Shin splints- tibialis posterior (muscular)

Tibialis posterior shin splints pain starts on the inside of the lower leg above the ankle. The pain often becomes worse when standing on the toes or rolling the ankle inward. As the shin splint progresses, the severity of pain will increase, leading to inflammation. For more information on this form of shin splin pain click here.

shinBone shin splints

Bony shin splint pain usually presents as a generalised ache in the lower leg on exercise. When pressing the shin bone (tibia) pain may be present. Shin splints pain can become severe when doing sporting activity but will subside when resting. Severe pain at night or when resting is not usually shin splints and should be taken seriously. A medical opinion should be sought. For more information on bone shin splints click here.


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