Shin splints are described as pain at the front of the lower leg. The most common cause for the pain is inflammation of the periosteum of the tibia – or sheath surrounding the bone in your shin.
Signs of shin splints include pain and tenderness over the inside of the leg, lumps and bumps over the bone, pain felt when toes pointed down, and redness over the inside of shin.
Overuse and overtraining typically are the cause of shin splints, either from increasing the amount, intensity, or frequency of athletic training. Running style, pronation, and wearing old shoes can also be causes.
Rest, daily stretches, and alternations of heat & ice applications are recommended to help heal legs. Some sports taping methods are helpful for taking pressure off the shins. If over pronation is causing the inflammation and pain, custom orthotics will help.