Shin splints is the name for pain in the shins, or the front of the lower legs, usually caused by exercise.
They're common in people who do a lot of running or other activities that involve repeatedly putting weight on the legs, such as tennis or basketball.
Theyaren't usually serious, but can stop you from exercising and may get worse if you ignore them. It's important not torun through the pain.
They can usually be treated at home and should start to get better within a few weeks.
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Find out what shin splints are, how they happen, and what you can do about them.
The main symptom of shin splints is pain inthe shin bones, which run down the front of yourlower legs. The pain tends to: begin soon after starting exercise gradually improve when resting sometime
It's not always clear what causes shin splints. They're usually brought on by running or repetitive weight bearing on the legs. It's thought this leads to swelling (inflammation) of the tissue around
Shin splints can usually be treated at home. The followingmay help relieve the pain and allow your legs toheal: rest stop the activity that causes your shin splints for at least two to three weeks;
It's a good idea to see your GP if your pain doesn't improve despite the treatments mentioned above. Your GP may: ask about your symptoms and examine your legs to try to work out what's causing you
The following measuresmay help reduceyour chances of gettingshin splints: wear trainers with appropriate cushioning and supportit may help tospeak to an expert ata specialist running shop for advice
Pain in the lower legs and shins can also be caused by: stress fractures (tinycracks in the bone) the pain often affects one leg, but can affect both,and is usually focused in a small area; there ma