Pain in the shins, commonly called shin splints, often is caused by trying to exercise too much, too soon.
The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons says warning signs of shin splints include:
- Pain along the edge of the bone in the front of your leg.
- Swelling in the tibia.
- Pain that may throb, feel dull, sharp or like a razor.
- Pain during exercise, or after you’ve finished activity.
- Tenderness while touching the affected area.