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Shin Swelling Symptoms, Causes & Common Questions

Understand your shin swelling symptoms, including 4 causes & common questions.

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4 Possible Shin Swelling Causes

The list below shows results from the use of our quiz by Buoy users who experienced shin swelling. This list does not constitute medical advice and may not accurately represent what you have.

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.

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

Deep vein thrombosis

Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a blood clot that forms in a vein deep in the body. Most deep vein clots occur in the lower leg or thigh.

Rarity: Uncommon

Top Symptoms: fever, thigh pain, upper leg swelling, calf pain, butt pain

Urgency: Hospital emergency room

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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.

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

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.

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

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Shin Swelling

To diagnose this condition, your doctor would likely ask the following questions:

  • Have you ever been diagnosed with diabetes?
  • What is your body mass?
  • Have you been feeling more tired than usual, lethargic or fatigued despite sleeping a normal amount?
  • Are you having any difficulty walking?

The above questions are also covered by our A.I. Health Assistant.

If you've answered yes to one or more of these questions

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Shin Swelling Symptom Checker Statistics

People who have experienced shin swelling have also experienced:

  • 20% Shin Pain
  • 10% Shin Bruise
  • 4% Shin Lump

People who have experienced shin swelling were most often matched with:

  • 54% Deep Vein Thrombosis
  • 36% Fibular Stress Fracture
  • 9% Shin Bruise

People who have experienced shin swelling had symptoms persist for:

  • 29% Over a month
  • 28% Less than a week
  • 22% Less than a day

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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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.