Shin Splints

Shin Splint

Shin Splints


Inflammation of the soft tissue on the inside, front portion of the tibia (shin).


Stress on the shinbone and connective tissue which can be caused by upper leg muscle weakness, activity on uneven terrain, downhill running, and improper running shoes.


Tenderness extending along a vertical distance on the medial(inside), lower half of the tibia. Although Medial Tibia Stress Syndrome is the most common form of shin splints, Anterior Shin Splints is not uncommon. Anterior Shin Splints cause a vertical line of tenderness along the anterior (front) of the tibia. Medial and Anterior Shin Splints are not to be confused with Anterior Compartment Syndrome or stress fractures.


R.I.C.E. – Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation. Reduce activity to promote healing. Avoid downhill and hard surface running. Apply Ice for 10-15 minutes after each workout to reduce inflammation and pain. Seek professional advice in stretching the calf muscles and the hamstrings. As with any orthopedic injury, a consultation with a sports medicine professional is recommended.