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Your Pain in Both Shins May Also be Known as:
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Top 3 Pain in Both Shins Causes

  1. 1.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

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  2. 2.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
  3. 3.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.

    You can treat this at home with R.I.C.E - rest (exercise as tolerated), ice (10-20 minutes at a time), compression (this is pretty optional), and elevation (put your feet up to help blood flow back to the heart using gravity).

    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 Pain in Both Shins

  • Q.How long has your shin(s) hurt?
  • Q.How severe is your shin pain?
  • Q.Is your shin pain dull or sharp?
  • Q.Which of the following describes your physical fitness:

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Pain in Both Shins Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced pain in both shins have also experienced:

    • 33% Pain in the Outside of the Shin
    • 33% Lower Leg Pain
    • 33% Calf Pain
  • People who have experienced pain in both shins had symptoms persist for:

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

    • 54% Shin Splints (Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome)
    • 36% Tibial Stress Fracture
    • 9% Shin Bruise
  • 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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