SymptomsBy Mayo Clinic staff
If you have shin splints, you may notice:
- Tenderness, soreness or pain along the inner part of your lower leg
- Mild swelling in your lower leg
At first, the pain may stop when you stop running or exercising. Eventually, however, the pain may be continuous.
When to see a doctor
Consult your doctor if rest, ice and over-the-counter pain relievers don't ease your shin pain. Your primary care doctor may refer you to an orthopedist. Seek prompt medical care if:
- Severe pain in your shin follows a fall or accident
- Your shin is hot and inflamed
- Swelling in your shin seems to be getting worse
- Shin pain persists during rest
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