The symptoms of shin splints are very simple to self-diagnose, however to fully understand shin splint symptoms, it helps to first understand shin splints.
Although the term “shin splints” is often used to describe a variety of lower leg problems, it actually refers specifically to a condition called Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome (MTSS), and has two basic causes: Overload and Biomechanical Inefficiencies.
The main symptom of shin splints is very simple: pain in the lower leg. The pain in the leg is normally focused on the front and inside part of the lower leg and calf area, giving the tibial stress syndrome its colloquial term – shin splints. Pain is most frequently experiences before and after exercise, and although there may be some pain during or at the beginning of exercise, it’s not uncommon for the pain to disappear while exercising.
Other symptoms may include swelling and redness. Lumps and bumps may also be felt on the shin bone (tibia). And because the muscles affect the foot, there is a chance the foot may feel weak and/or numb. These symptoms however, seem to be the exception, rather than the rule.
Of course, there are other factors that can cause shin splint pain. To learn more about shin splint symptoms and shin splint pain, visit our comprehensive shin splints article for additional information.
Also, keep an eye-out for my next installment on how to prevent shin splints due out next month.
Until next time, stay healthy, keep stretching and God bless.
The Stretch Coach