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A.I. Health Assistant Causes for Moderate Shin Pain

The list below shows results from the use of our A.I. Health Assistant by Buoy users who experienced moderate shin pain. This list does not constitute medical advice.

  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, irregular period
    Symptoms that always occur with shin splints (medial tibial stress syndrome):
    shin pain
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  2. 2.Fibular Stress Fracture

    The fibula is the smaller shin bone which lies on the outer part of the lower leg. With excessive, repeated stress, a small fracture (called a stress fracture) can occur.

    4-12 weeks with rest

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    foot numbness, pain in the outside of the knee, lower leg numbness, shin pain, pain in one shin
    Symptoms that always occur with fibular stress fracture:
    pain in the outside of the shin, pain in one shin
    Symptoms that never occur with fibular stress fracture:
    pain in both feet, pain in one foot, pain in the inside of the shin, swelling in both shins
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

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  3. 3.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
  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:
    Ultra rare
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, loss of appetite, new headache, fever, rib pain
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  5. 5.Shin Bruise

    A bruise is the damage of the blood vessels that return blood to the heart (the capillaries and veins), which causes pooling of the blood. This explains the blue/purple color of most bruises. Bruises of the shin are common given the location of the shin.

    Bruises will begin to heal over the course of a week

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    shin pain from an injury, shin injury, pain in one shin, shin swelling, shin bruise
    Symptoms that always occur with shin bruise:
    shin injury, shin pain from an injury
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Moderate Shin Pain

  • Q.Where is your shin pain exactly?
  • Q.How would you explain your shin pain?
  • Q.Are you currently completing or have you completed military training?
  • Q.Do you run for exercise or sport?

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Moderate Shin Pain Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced moderate shin pain have also experienced:

    • 5% Shin Lump
    • 5% Swollen Lower Leg
    • 4% Moderate Knee Pain
  • People who have experienced moderate shin pain had symptoms persist for:

    • 29% Less Than a Week
    • 25% Over a Month
    • 22% Less Than a Day
  • People who have experienced moderate shin pain were most often matched with:

    • 50% Fibular Stress Fracture
    • 37% Tibial Stress Fracture
    • 12% Shin Splints (Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome)
  • 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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