Pain in the lower leg, on the front inside or outside aspect. This injury occurs in many athletes, especially runners, basketball and soccer players and dancers. Factors that can cause shin splints are: doing too much too soon when starting a training program, a sudden change to an athlete’s workout program that they have not allowed their body to get used to, changing running terrain (ex. running on flat ground and switching to uphill and downhill running), low bone density, improper footwear, and poor running biomechanics. Untreated shin splints can turn into stress fractures which is why it is important to take care of them before they escalate.
- Pain in the lower leg