Shin Splints

Shin splints (medial tibial stress syndrome) is a painful condition that affects the shin bone (tibia). People who play sports that involve a lot of running are particularly prone to this injury. It is often caused by overuse, especially when exercising beyond your current level of fitness.

The pain from shin splints can occur anywhere along the shinbone from knee to ankle and is due to a stress reaction in the bone or inflammation of the tendons and muscles around the shin bone.

Alternative names

  • medial tibial stress syndromes
  • medial shin splints
  • anterior shin splints
6 August, 2011