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Top 2 Sharp 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

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  2. 2.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 Sharp Shin Pain

  • Q.How long has your shin(s) hurt?
  • Q.Do your symptoms improve after you sit and/or lie down and rest?
  • Q.Is your pain worse when jumping in place or standing on your tiptoes?
  • Q.Are you currently completing or have you completed military training?

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Sharp Shin Pain Symptom Checker Statistics

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

    • 50% Shin Swelling
    • 50% Shin Pain
  • People who have experienced sharp shin pain had symptoms persist for:

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

    • 66% Shin Splints (Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome)
    • 33% Shin Bruise

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