Shin splints are most common among those who play running sports
“Shin splint” refers to pain felt along the shinbone to the ankle
Improper footwear and flat feet can lead to shin splints
Shin splints often occur due to high impact activity and placing too much strain or weight on your leg muscles, tendons or shin bone. This results in muscle, tendon and tissue inflammation around the tibia – or stress fractures on the shinbone – leading to pain and inflammation during or after exercise.
While shin splints are not serious injuries, they can be painful and irritating. Apply an ice pack to the affected area for 20 minutes every three hours for a few days to reduce inflammation. Shin splints usually require a break from high-impact activities until the pain subsides, which may take two to four weeks.
Watch the video to learn how to apply an ice pack.