Shin Splints

Location of shin splints

Shin splints are a condition that causes pain and sometimes swelling in the front part of the lower leg (shin).

Current as ofSeptember 20, 2018

Author: Healthwise Staff
William H. Blahd Jr. MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
Brian D. O'Brien MD - Internal Medicine
Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine
Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
Kenneth J. Koval MD - Orthopedic Surgery, Orthopedic Trauma

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