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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

  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.

    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

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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.

    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.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    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
    Urgency:
    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”).

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