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This symptom can also be referred to as:
Aches and pains in my left shin
Aches and pains in my one shin
Aches and pains in my right shin
Left shin ache
Left shin discomfort
Left shin hurts
Left shin pain
Left shin soreness
One shin ache
One shin discomfort

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3 Potential Pain in One Shin 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 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 injury, shin pain from an 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

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  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
  3. 3.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 Pain in One Shin

  • Q.Which of the following describes your physical fitness:
  • Q.Where is your shin pain exactly?
  • Q.Do you run for exercise or sport?
  • Q.Does running make your symptoms worse?

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Pain in One Shin Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced pain in one shin have also experienced:

    • 7% Shin Lump
    • 6% Swollen Lower Leg
    • 4% Lower Back Pain
  • People who have experienced pain in one shin had symptoms persist for:

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

    • 6% Fibular Stress Fracture
    • 3% 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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