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Your Mild Shin Pain May Also be Known as:
Mild leg pain
Mild shin discomfort
Mild tibia discomfort
Mild tibia pain
Shin a little painful
Shin hurts a little
Shin is a little painful
Shin is slightly painful
Shin mildly painful

Top 6 Mild Shin Pain Causes

  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.

    You can safely treat this condition on your own with rest and ice. Wearing proper footwear and modifying your exercise routine can help prevent shin splints from recurring.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    shin pain, dull, achy shin pain, pain in the inside of the shin, shin pain from overuse, irregular period
    Symptoms that always occur with shin splints (medial tibial stress syndrome):
    shin pain
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  2. 2.Blood Clot Requiring an Ultrasound

    Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a blood clot that forms in a vein deep in the body. Most deep vein clots occur in the lower leg or thigh.

    Go to the emergency room immediately.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    fever, thigh pain, calf pain, upper leg swelling, painful swelling in the lower leg
    Urgency:
    Hospital emergency room
  3. 3.Fibular Nerve Injury

    Fibular nerve damage can be caused by a wide range of conditions, including trauma, surgery, weight loss, and others.

    Make a doctor's appointment to address your fibular nerve damage, and find out the underlying cause.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

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  4. 4.Restless Legs Syndrome (Rls)

    Restless Legs Syndrome is a common condition characterized by an urge to move the legs in order to stop unpleasant sensations.

    You should see a doctor if these symptoms continue or begin to get worse

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    daytime sleepiness, trouble sleeping, dull or achy leg pain, difficulty falling asleep, restless legs
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  5. 5.Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (Crps)

    Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) is a chronic pain condition which may happen after an injury, either to a nerve or to tissue in the affected area. It causes intense pain, usually in the arms, hands, legs, or feet.

    You should visit your primary care physician, who will coordinate care with a physical therapist. Treatment focuses on relieving the pain, and can include medicines, physical therapy, and nerve blocks.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    pain in one arm, pain in one leg, tremor, fatigue, pain in one foot
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  6. 6.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.

    You should visit a doctor who can confirm the diagnosis, sometimes a MRI scan is needed. You should rest for around 8 weeks, and avoid any activities that put repeated force on the feet, such as running. You may also find it helpful to do exercises to maintain strength and flexibility in the lower leg, such as light calf raises as long as they do not cause any pain.

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

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Mild Shin Pain

  • Q.How long has your shin(s) hurt?
  • Q.Is the pain affecting:
  • Q.Where is your shin pain exactly?
  • Q.Is your pain worse when jumping in place or standing on your tiptoes?

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Mild Shin Pain Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced mild shin pain had symptoms persist for:

    • 28% Less Than a Week
    • 24% Over a Month
    • 23% Less Than a Day
  • People who have experienced mild shin pain were most often matched with:

    • 75% Shin Splints (Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome)
    • 25% Fibular Nerve Injury
  • 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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