What Are Shin Splints?

Shin splints – sometimes called medial tibial stress syndrome – are a common exercise-related problem that causes pain along the inner edge of the shinbone (tibia). Typically, the tendons, muscles, and connective tissue become inflamed due to overuse and lead to shin splints.

If you have spent any amount of time walking, running, playing sports, or even dancing, it’s likely you’ve experienced shin splints at least once. In fact, as one of the most common types of injuries for runners and walkers, shin splints are treated more than 3 million times per year in the U.S.1

However, if you are new to exercise or have never experienced this type of pain before, you may be wondering if you have shin splints or something else. Read more…

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