Shin Splintsenteenshttps://kidshealth.org/EN/images/headers/KH_generic_header_12_2.jpgShin splints are pain on the inner part of the shinbone, often from running or another high-impact activity. They get better with rest.shins , shin splints, overuse injuries, RSI, repetitive stress injuries, over use, tendons, tendonitis, tendinitis, muscle injuries, sever's, panner's elbows, sore joints, knock-knees, bowlegs, unequal leg lengths, flat feet, high arches, stress fractures , swimmer’s shoulder, pitching elbow, runner’s knee , jumper’s knee , Achilles tendinitis, Sever’s disease, Osgood Schlatter disease01/28/201903/21/201909/02/2019Amy W. Anzilotti, MD01/21/201941a7c730-05e8-4753-a471-e64cc986ad95https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/shin-splints.html/<h3>What Are Shin Splints?</h3> <p>Shin splints are pain on the inner part of the shinbone. They're usually brought on by <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/safety-running.html/">running</a> or another high-impact activity.</p> <p>Shin splints get better with rest and do not cause lasting problems.</p> <h3>What Are the Signs &amp; Symptoms of Shin Splints?</h3> <p>People with shin splints have pain along the inner edge of the <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/bones-muscles-joints.html/">shinbone</a>. The pain is usually during or right after activity.</p> <p>Shin splints also can lead to swelling and tenderness of the shinbone.</p> <p><img class="center_this" title="Diagram labels the shinbone, muscle, and painful area on the shin. Running, jumping, basketball, football, soccer, and dancing can lead to shinsplints." src="https://kidshealth.org/EN/images/illustrations/shinSplints-415x233-rd6-enIL.png" alt="Diagram labels the shinbone, muscle, and painful area on the shin. Running, jumping, basketball, football, soccer, and dancing can lead to shinsplints." /></p> <h3>What Causes Shin Splints?</h3> <p>The pain of shin splints is caused by irritation and swelling of the muscles, tendons, and bones in the lower leg.</p> <p>Shin splints are an <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/repetitive-stress-sports.html/">overuse injury</a>. They happen because someone does the same movement over and over again (for example, running). They also can happen if a person makes a sudden change in an exercise routine, such as exercising more often or making the workouts more intense.</p> <h3>Who Gets Shin Splints?</h3> <p>Shin splints happen in people who do high-impact activities or ones with frequent stops and starts, such as running, jumping, <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/safety-basketball.html/">basketball</a>, <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/safety-football.html/">football</a>, <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/safety-soccer.html/">soccer</a>, and dancing.</p> <p>Some things make it more likely that someone will get shin splints, such as:</p> <ul> <li>having flat feet</li> <li>exercising while wearing worn-out athletic shoes</li> <li>being <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/obesity-overweight.html/">overweight</a></li> <li>having hips and ankles that are not flexible</li> </ul> <h3>How Are Shin Splints Diagnosed?</h3> <p>To diagnose shin splints, health care providers:</p> <ul> <li>ask about symptoms</li> <li>do an exam, paying special attention to the lower leg</li> </ul> <p>Usually no testing is needed to diagnose shin splints.</p> <h3>How Are Shin Splints Treated?</h3> <p>People with shin splints need to cut down or avoid all activities that cause pain. Walking and non-weight bearing exercises (like <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/safety-swimming.html/">swimming</a> or riding a <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/bike-safety.html/">bike</a>) usually do not cause pain and can be continued.</p> <p>To help with shin splints, a health care provider may recommend that you:</p> <ul class="kh_longline_list"> <li>Put ice or a cold pack on the shin every 1&ndash;2 hours for 15 minutes at a time. (Put a thin towel over the skin to protect it from the cold.)</li> <li>Take medicine for pain such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, or store brand) or acetaminophen (Tylenol or store brand). Follow the directions that come with the medicine for how much to take and how often to take it.</li> <li>Do exercises to stretch and strengthen the foot/leg muscles and tendons.&nbsp;</li> <li>Use an elastic wrap or compression stocking to help with pain and swelling.</li> </ul> <h3>Can People With Shin Splints Play Sports?</h3> <p>Someone with shin splints:</p> <ul> <li>can do any sport that doesn't cause pain</li> <li>should stop doing any activity that causes pain</li> <li>can slowly return to sports after being pain-free for 2 weeks</li> </ul> <p>Depending on how severe the symptoms are, it can take up to 4&ndash;6 weeks of rest before a person should return to sports.</p> <h3>Looking Ahead</h3> <p>Shin splints usually get completely better with rest. 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