Shin splints, also known as medial tibia stress syndrome (MTSS), are defined by the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons as "pain along the inner edge of the shinbone (tibia)." Shin splints are usually caused by repeated trauma to the connective muscle tissue surrounding the tibia. They are a common injury affecting athletes who engage in running sports or other forms of physical activity, including running and jumping. They are characterized by general pain in the lower region of the leg between the knee and the ankle.
Use orthotics for your shoes: Shoe inserts may help with arches that collapse or flatten when you stand up.
Ice the affected area: Apply ice packs to the affected shin for 15 to 20 minutes at a time, every 3 to 4 hours for 2 to 3 days, or until the pain is gone.