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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.
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.
If you are experiencing pain in the lower part of your leg near your shin, it is important to first seek medical advice for an accurate diagnosis and to get a treatment plan that is right for you. You may learn from your doctor that you have shin splints.
For most shin splint sufferers, the good news is that you can achieve shin splint pain relief – and you might even be able to prevent shin splints with some simple steps on your own:
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