Aching shins

Aching shins may refer to aching pain in the shin on the outside of the shin for example in a compartment syndrome. Compartment syndrome is increased pressure in the areas that contain the muscles and nerves. This can either be acute from direct trauma or chronic where it is exercise induced.

The shins can ache at night. Aching shins can also be from stress fractures or from shin splints where the ache is due to overuse, weaker muscles or poor biomechanics. Injuires are listed below:
  • Tibia Stress Fracture

    Tibia Stress Fracture

    The tibia is the larger of the two shin bones and as a weight bearing bone is more susceptible to stress fractures, particularly in the lower third. We explain the symptoms, causes and treatment of a stress fracture in the tibia.

  • Shin Splints

    Shin Splints

    Shin splints is the common name often given to pain at the front of the lower leg. Usually symptoms occur at the front inside of the shin bone but can arise from a number of causes.

  • Anterior Compartment Syndrome

    Anterior Compartment Syndrome

    Anterior compartment syndrome, also known as anterior shin splints arises when the big muscle on the outside front of the lower leg becomes too big for the sheath that surrounds it causing pain.

  • Shin Pain

    Pain in the shin is usually gradual onset and can be difficult to get rid of. Shin splints is known as pain on the inside of the shin but is not a diagnosis in itself but a description of symptoms. Most causes of shin pain in athletes are from bone stress, insufficient blood flow, tendon inflammation, compartment syndrome or nerve entrapment.