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Shin splints cause pain in the shin, the front part of the lower leg. They can also cause swelling. The pain is most likely from repeated stress on the shin bone (tibia) and the tissue that connects the muscle to the tibia.
Shin splints are common in people who run or jog. Activities where you run or jump on hard surfaces, such as basketball or tennis, can also lead to shin splints. They can also be caused by training too hard or running in shoes that are worn out.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse advice line (811 in most provinces and territories) if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse advice line if:
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Current as of: August 17, 2022
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & William H. Blahd Jr. MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
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