Shin pain and pain in the front of your lower leg can be a troubling problem. It may limit your ability to perform everyday tasks like walking and running. But where is your shin pain coming from? Is the pain in the front of your leg shin splints or sciatica? (Or could it be something else altogether?)
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If you’ve ever had them, then you know they’re the pits. No not a stomach bug (although man, that is the worst)—we’re talking about shin splints. That nagging pain concentrated in the front of your leg along the tibia, shin splints are usually experienced during and after exercise and when you press on the area. In less common cases (about 10 percent), the tightening pain can be felt in the soft, outside, muscular part of the shin. The pain is usually bad enough that running becomes impossible, and then it subsides when you stop running.
Shin splints. When you have them, boy, do you know it! They’re the bane of many runners’ training—whether you’re new to running or more experienced.
Though shin splints are common, they’re rather dubious in nature. Most runners can’t pinpoint the single moment or event correlated with their onset.