Frequently Asked Questions on Shin Splints


How does a shin splint feel like?

The pain caused by shin splints is genrally sharp and razor-like pain that may occur after a workout or exercise. Touching the affected area may cause the pain to worsen.

How can shin splints be diagnosed?

Shin splints are mostly indicated by pain in the shin area. It may occur after exercising in specific areas, like the front or back of the affected bone. Tenderness and soreness along the inner lining of the shin bone may also appear.

How can you treat shin splints?

Shin splints can be treated by getting enough rest and by using cold therapy. Cryotherapy can be applied to the affected area for 15 to 20 minutes, four to eight times a day, whenever needed. You may use a shin sleeve or compression device can help lessen the pain while walking. A massage can also help to relax your muscles.

How long does it take for shin splints to heal?

Shin splints may take 2-4 weeks to heal. But you must regain your activity level gradually. Stop exercising if yot experience any pain. Use compression for the initial period to avoid reoccurence.

How long does it take for shin splints to heal?

Shin splints may take 2-4 weeks to heal. But you must regain your activity level gradually. Stop exercising if yot experience any pain. Use compression for the initial period to avoid reoccurence.

What is the difference between Shin splints and stress fractures?

In case of shin splints, the pain is caused due to stress on the shin bone and surrounding connective tissues. While, stress fractures,are caused by tiny cracks on the shin bone.

What causes shin splint pain?

The shin splints injury may result from repetitively using the same body parts. Overuse may inflame or irritate the periosteum, tendons and muscles associated with the tibia, along with the tibia. Overtraining or engaging in an intense training without preparing your body first may cause the splints.