Fix and prevent this common lower-leg injury.
Shin splints are among the most frustrating injuries because they make a basic act—running—impossible. The term “shin splints” actually denotes more than one lower-leg ailment, but let’s focus on the more common bone-related shin pain.
More common (roughly 90 percent of cases): Pain in the bony part of the shin, along the tibia, during and after exercise and when you press on the area.
Less common (about 10 percent of cases): A tightening pain in the soft, outside, muscular part of the shin, usually bad enough that running becomes impossible, and then subsides when you stop running.