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What Are Shin Splints?

Original Publish Date
October 11, 2021

"Shin Splints" is a term used for pain in the front of your shins, mostly from overuse in runners, jumpers, or hikers. The pain runs along the tibia (lower leg bone) where the muscles insert. The two most common muscles involved in shin splints are the tibialis anterior and the tibialis posterior. Tibialis posterior acts to move your foot inward and bring your toes away from your nose.


What Causes Shin Splints?

Several different things can cause Shin Splints, including:

What Can I Do About My Shin Splints?

The first thing you need to do is STOP running and jumping, or this can quickly and easily develop into a stress fracture. Call a physical therapist to assess your body mechanics, strength/flexibility, and to determine the cause of your shin splints, so you can resolve the problem and get back to your activity safely.


If you are experiencing any pain or discomfort in your shins, do not ignore it. Please schedule an appointment with one of our physical therapists to address your pain and prevent potential injuries from occurring.

By Dr. Billy Beaudreau, PT, DPT, MTC, OCS, FAAOMPT

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