Shin splints are a common cause of leg pain in athletes. When an athlete has pain along the inner aspect of the shinbone, this can be due to shin splints. There are several medical conditions that can cause leg pain. Ranging from overuse in running, having arch problems, or exercising in shoes that are worn.
You can help prevent shin splints by wearing proper fitting athletic shoes, slowly increase your exercise routine, and cross training. For example you can alternate training from running to biking or swimming.
If you are having shin pain there are a few thing you can do to help alleviate the pain. Rest can be good. Ice your shins for 20 minutes at a time 2-3 times a day, take some type of NSAID medicine, compression, and orthotics can offer pain relief.
If these measures do not help and you are still having pain, an Orthopaedic evaluation can help establish a definitive diagnosis.
Bob Dunaway A.T.,C.