Patient Comments: Shin Splints - Causes

What was the cause of your shin splints?

Comment from: 13-18 Female (Patient) Published: January 20

I was diagnosed with shin splints in September of last year. I was on the school's cross country team (not my first year of running distance). The coach was ready for us to step it up and increase our workouts; apparently, my body wasn't. At first, the pain was very mild and mostly in my knees and ankles. The previous year I was diagnosed with patella femoral pain syndrome and boy that was not fun at all. I figured the pains were just from that and because it was indeed just the beginning of the season. I. Was. WRONG! My doctor told me to take off 2 weeks, but turns out, I missed about 4. Major practices, mid-season, pre-state meets. It was horrible. I was terribly disappointed because shin splints caused me to miss the state meet. My shins eventually got better, but the tenderness remains. Track is starting in just a few months and hopefully, the splints will not return.

Was this comment helpful?Yes
Comment from: dee, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: February 15

I just recently got into running, and for the past few weeks I've been running for one minute with a two minute rest in between to work myself up to run further. Earlier this week I changed it to running a minute and a half, and when I went to do my second work out of the week I noticed intense pains in my shins but I tried to run through it. Now the next day it hurts even when I'm not walking and so I think I may have shin splints. No running until I can walk without pain.

Was this comment helpful?Yes
Comment from: overweight woman, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 22

I am overweight and just started a walking program with a friend. The distance we walk and the hard surfaces led to shin splints. They are not severe and I hope to work through them.

Was this comment helpful?Yes
Comment from: Barry, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: December 20

I've had leg cramps for many years, off and on, mostly when I lie down. They are definitely associated with being on my feet for more than two hours a day. I used to work for UPS and bowl five nights a week, and before that was a runner. I am wondering if the cause of my cramps might be shin splints.

Was this comment helpful?Yes
Comment from: patience, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 09

I have been running up and down hills (6 -8 miles) and I think the running downhill has caused it. Having a heel piece in my right shoe didn't help any, because it keeps the foot from bending the way it should. I was wearing the heel piece to help keep my back in place, not knowing that my back was already in place and that I didn't need it at that time. My back tends to go in and out. Can't wait till this goes away!

Was this comment helpful?Yes
Comment from: Kasey, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: March 16

I had stress fractures in the Air Force and I have only been able to make them better since I've been out. ICE THEM! Baby them, or they will not heal.

Was this comment helpful?Yes
Comment from: Troy, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: April 23

I jog on hard surfaces which are really uneven at times. Four weeks later I started aerobics and I lost weight rapidly. Then three or four weeks later, a dull pulsing racing pain below my left knee and just to the center of my shin, woke me from a deep sleep. I use a biofreeze pain relieving gel that gave grateful relief, but later in the day the pain returned and kept getting more painful. Today is the third day since I started feeling the pain. Walking on my toes helps a whole lot.

Was this comment helpful?Yes
Comment from: Cody, 13-18 Male (Patient) Published: January 27

Broke/sprained badly my ankle in football season, then once my bone healed I got tendinitis in my ankle, then track started up and I got shin splints during track season from over running. A pretty awful year for me. It took about 6-7 months to be 100% again.

Was this comment helpful?Yes
Comment from: Remi , 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: November 16

I got shin splints above my ankle on my left foot, after running 1070 kms from Melbourne to Adelaide; tomorrow I will do an injection of the tibias tendon with a local anesthetic and steroid. I hope it will work, I need to go back on my run as soon as possible, I have still 4200 kms to run. Hopefully it's just a shin splints and not a stress fracture.

Was this comment helpful?Yes

Patient Comments

Viewers share their comments

Shin Splints - Length Symptoms Lasted Question: How long did the symptoms of your shin splints last? Was there anything in particular that helped with pain/symptom relief?
Shin Splints - Effective Treatment Question: Are you prone to shin splints? If so, what treatment works well to relieve symptoms?

Patient Comments are not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Never delay or disregard seeking professional medical advice from your physician or other qualified health provider because of something you have read on MedicineNet. The opinions expressed in the comments section are of the author and the author alone. MedicineNet does not endorse any specific product, service or treatment.

Alert If you think you have a medical emergency, call your doctor or 911 immediately.

Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.