Ask a Doctor: Shin splints cause pain

Thu, Mar 22, 2018

Shin splints are common in runners and are caused by overusing soft tissue. Shin splits usually heal by themselves over time and don’t necessarily require you to stop running.


But, if your symptoms worsen and you feel pain when you aren’t running, you may have a stress fracture.


“Stress fractures are a common bone overuse injury suffered by people of all fitness levels, especially related to repetitive motion activities, when beginning a training regimen and/or overly aggressive progression of athletic efforts,” says Dr. Jon Henry, an orthopedic surgeon with Orthopedics & Sports Medicine BayCare Clinic. He sees patients in Manitowoc and Green Bay.


Ask a Doctor: Shin splints cause pain


If a stress fracture is present, you will need to modify your training and temporarily avoid running to allow your body to heal, says Henry.

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