The Facts on Shin Splints:

What Are Shin Splints?

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If you are experiencing pain or tenderness in the lower shin area, you may have shin splints. Also known as medial tibial stress syndrome, shin splints don’t actually occur in the shin bone, but in the connective tissues of the muscles around the shins.

The pain is more prominent during physical activity, but may linger afterwards as the condition gets worse.

What Causes Shin Splints?

High-impact activity, like running, is the most common cause of shin splints, but the condition isn’t limited to sprinters.

Anyone who suddenly increases mileage, switches workout surfaces (like going from mats to hard surfaces), or is beginning a new routing may experience shin splints.

Other common causes are military training, having either flat feet or higher-than-normal arches, and even working out longer than usual.

What Can I Do?

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