- Your Shin Swelling May Also be Known as:
- Puffy shin
- Puffy tibia
- Shin feels puffy
- Shin feels swollen
- Shin is puffy
- Shin is swollen
- Shin puffiness
- Swollen shin
- Swollen tibia
Top 2 Shin Swelling Causes
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).
- 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
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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.
You need to get your injury checked by a physician, sometimes a MRI scan is needed to confirm the diagnosis. It may be helpful to consult with a physical therapist as well. The treatment for a stress fracture involves avoiding repeated stress on the leg, which means cutting down on high-intensity activity. Exercise that puts less repeated stress on the leg, such as cycling or swimming, is recommended.
- Top Symptoms:
- foot numbness, shin pain, lower leg numbness, pain in the outside of the shin, 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
- Primary care doctor
Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Shin Swelling
- Q.Is your lower leg swelling getting better or worse?
- Q.Have you ever been diagnosed with diabetes?
- Q.Have you been feeling more tired than usual, lethargic or fatigued despite sleeping a normal amount?
- Q.What is your body mass?
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Shin Swelling Symptom Checker Statistics
People who have experienced shin swelling have also experienced:
- 12% Shin Pain
- 7% Shin Lump
- 5% Shin Bruise
People who have experienced shin swelling had symptoms persist for:
- 32% Over a Month
- 27% Less Than a Week
- 18% Less Than a Day
People who have experienced shin swelling were most often matched with:
- 13% Shin Bruise
- 3% Fibular Stress Fracture
Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from visits to the Buoy AI health assistant (check it out by clicking on “Take Quiz”).