Most common among people who play running sports
Refers to pain felt along the shinbone to the ankle
Improper footwear and flat feet can lead to shin splints
Shin splints occur when too much strain or weight is placed on your leg muscles, tendons or shin bone. Most often, this is due to high impact activity, with the repetitive movement of your lower legs.
The result is muscle, tendon and tissue inflammation around the tibia, or stress fractures on the shinbone, leading to pain and inflammation during or after exercise.
Shin splint can be treated by applying an ice pack to the affected area to reduce inflammation. Elevating the affected area will also help to reduce the swelling and accelerate the healing process.
Shin splints usually require a break from high-impact activities until the pain subsides. This may take two to four weeks.