Patient Comments: Shin Splints - Causes

What was the cause of your shin splints?

Comment from: Cassie, 13-18 Female (Patient) Published: March 26

I was running 15 minutes during track. I took a five-minute break, then started running again for another 10 minutes. This put a lot of pressure on my ankles. I didn't think that I had shin splits because nothing was hurting. After a few hours, I got a throbbing pain in my knee, ankle and foot. It moved throughout my leg and down to my knee. It hurt and throbbed with every step I took. My track teacher made me run anyway after I asked to sit out for the day. She told me that sitting out wouldn't make a difference for the pain and suggested I use ice. After researching, I feel my coach shouldn't have made me run.

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Comment from: jakedoggie, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: October 31

My first outbreak of shin splints was due to wearing high heels and walking a long distance. I had never had them before but it was very painful. That was in 1985. Since that time, I have suffered with shin splints with just a normal walk in good athletic shoes. It lasts for days and is very painful. I didn't have these problems or symptoms when I was younger and now I don't seem to be able to avoid them. It aches so badly, it feels like my shins should be swollen twice their normal size.

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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.

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Comment from: beheloka, 55-64 Male Published: May 13

When I walk, I have pain in my left shin below the knee. Usually my walk is 20 -25 minutes. I increased my walk to one hour and did well the first few times. Then I started getting severe pain and had to stop and rest. When I stop walking, the pain fades very quickly. What's happening?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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