Whether you’re an athlete, have recently started running for fitness, or are just trying a physical activity, the pain on the front and inside of your shins known as shin splints can stop you in your tracks. Shin splints can affect one leg or both, with the pain typically starting during or after exercise and reducing with rest.
If you’re experiencing pain in your shins, we strongly recommend getting it seen, diagnosed and treated as early as possible. This is because there are two other conditions that cause pain at the shins during exercise – stress fractures and compartment syndrome – and one of these can be a medical emergency. We’ve included a short description on both at the bottom of the page.