"Shin splints" is the pain and swelling in the front of the lower legs that occurs after activities such as running or walking. Contributing factors are flat feet, poor stretching techniques, improper footwear, or running/walking on uneven surfaces. The inflammation is a result of the repeated pull of a muscle from the shin bone (tibia).
- Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen
- Changing training habits
- Proper stretching exercises
- Properly fitted shoes
See your doctor for recommended footwear and they can evaluate whether orthotics are needed. Shin splints, if left untreated, may eventually result in a stress fracture of the shin bone.