by Sharecare, Inc.

Shin Splints are caused by inflammation that affects your muscles, ligaments, and the thin layer of tissue along your shin bone or Tibia. They're a painful condition with similar pain symptoms to Tendinitis or a stress fracture.

Because of the similarities, it's important to see your doctor to get a definitive diagnosis. Shin Splints are usually caused by vigorous, repetitive, leg pounding activity. They're common among runners and dancers.

How can you treat a shin splint?

Choose a different form of exercise. This will give the inflammation a chance to recover and subside. That means bike instead of run, or swim instead of dance.

Apply a cool pack for 20 minutes. A couple of times a day and after each exercise session.

Try an over the counter anti-inflammatory drug. This can also speed up the healing process.