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4 Potential Dull, Achy Shin Pain Causes

Disclaimer: The article does not replace an evaluation by a physician. Information on this page is provided as an information resource only, and is not to be used or relied on for any diagnostic or treatment purposes.

  1. 1.Shin Splints (Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome)

    Shin splints is when there is pain in the front part of the lower leg. The pain is from the swelling of the muscles, tendons, and bone tissue around your shin.

    Days to weeks

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    shin pain, dull, achy shin pain, pain in the inside of the shin, shin pain from overuse, lower leg pain that comes and goes
    Symptoms that always occur with shin splints (medial tibial stress syndrome):
    shin pain
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  2. 2.Tibial Stress Fracture

    A tibial stress fracture is a small crack in the shinbone (tibia). These fractures are most often a result of overuse and are commonly seen with an increase in activity. Usually stress fractures of the shinbone occur in the lower third of the bone.

    Commonly resolves without treatment in 8 weeks.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    shin pain, dull, achy shin pain, moderate shin pain, pain in the inside of the shin, pain when pressing on the shin
    Symptoms that always occur with tibial stress fracture:
    dull, achy shin pain
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

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  3. 3.Pigmented Villonodular Synovitis

    The synovium is a thin layer of tissue that surrounds joints, providing a small amount of fluid to lubricate the joint and aid in movement. In pigmented villonodular synovitis (PVNS), the synovium thickens and overgrows. This mass typically only affects one joint, is not cancerous, and does not spread to other parts of the body.

    Recovery from arthroscopic (minimally invasive surgery) is quick and can take a few weeks to a month.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    joint pain, pain in the outside of the hip, pain in one knee, groin pain, deep, throbbing hip pain
    Symptoms that never occur with pigmented villonodular synovitis:
    knee instability
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  4. 4.Ewing Sarcoma

    Ewing sarcoma is a type of bone cancer often affecting the legs, pelvis, ribs, arms or spine. It can occur anytime during childhood and young adulthood; it is rarely seen in adults.

    Curable with total treatment lasting 8-12 months

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, loss of appetite, new headache, fever, rib pain
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Dull, Achy Shin Pain

  • Q.Which of the following describes your physical fitness:
  • Q.Do you run for exercise or sport?
  • Q.Are you currently completing or have you completed military training?
  • Q.Do your symptoms improve after you sit and/or lie down and rest?

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Dull, Achy Shin Pain Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced dull, achy shin pain have also experienced:

    • 15% Shin Lump
    • 15% Knee Pain
    • 7% Lower Leg Weakness
  • People who have experienced dull, achy shin pain had symptoms persist for:

    • 28% Less Than a Week
    • 25% Over a Month
    • 23% Less Than a Day
  • People who have experienced dull, achy shin pain were most often matched with:

    • 64% Shin Splints (Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome)
    • 35% Tibial Stress Fracture
  • Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from visits to the Buoy AI health assistant (check it out by clicking on “Take Quiz”).

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