Shin Splints

Shin splints are a common problem faced by athletes and non-athletes alike. Known medically as medial tibial stress syndrome, shin splints are a result of microtears affecting the connective tissues that attach muscle to bone.

Runners—especially those who are inexperienced—often get shin splints when they ramp up their activity level without the proper training or footwear. It’s important to increase the speed, intensity and duration of your workouts gradually so you can avoid shin splints and other sports injuries.


Though they can be quite painful, shin splints typically heal on their own. If you experience shin splints regularly, your health care provider may conduct a physical examination that includes observing how you run. X-rays or bone scans may be necessary to determine if fractures are present. Getting rest and icing your shins can help alleviate much of the initial pain. Insoles or orthotic shoe inserts can help correct the issue and prevent it from happening in the future.

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Why Choose Inspira?

Comprehensive Sports Medicine Services

Inspira’s sports medicine program focuses on maximizing the athletic performance of both professional and amateur athletes, as well as the treatment and prevention of pain, sprains and strains—including shin splints—related to sports and exercise.

Advanced Exercise Regimens for Athletes of All Skill Levels

Athletes come in all shapes, sizes, ages and skill levels, and at Inspira, we’re committed to providing personalized care based on your specific athletic goals. Shin splints can affect athletes of all ages but are more common among inexperienced runners. Our team of trained clinical professionals, including a sports orthopedic specialist, certified athletic trainer, physical therapist and strength and conditioning coach, will work collaboratively to engineer a training program that works for you.

Skilled Orthopedic Expertise

Our award-winning and state-of-the-art surgical facilities across South Jersey have received national recognition for orthopedic care and are staffed with fellowship-trained surgeons to guide you on your road to recovery.