Every runner has felt a throbbing or dull pain along the shin bone, often accompanied by mild swelling, at one time or another. This common overuse condition is called shin splints, and it is characterized by inflammation of the shin bone (tibia) and surrounding muscles, tendons, or other soft tissues. Fortunately, this condition, formally called medial tibial stress syndrome, often resolves itself with conservative treatments.
What Causes Shin Splints?
The simple answer to this question is, “Overdoing it.” A stress injury, shin splints often occur when you make a sudden change in your training rather than gradually working up to a new regimen. This may include suddenly increasing the freque..