So What is This Pain in my Shins?

The name ‘Shin Splints’ is used by both patients and health care professionals to describe a variety of lower leg problems or complaints. There is some controversy over the exact etiology (cause) of Shin Splints but they are essentially an exercise-induced form of lower leg pain common among athletes. This annoying pain is one of the most common running injuries I see in my practice. The pain is usually around the tibia (the shin bone).

Relevant Anatomy


The two muscles that are most commonly involved in Shin Splints are the tibialis anterior muscle which is located on the front of the shin and the posterior tibialis muscle which is located inside and behind the tibia.


Anterior Shin Splints vs Posterior Shin Splints

The pain and soreness of Shin Splints can either be located anteriorly on the front of the lower leg or medially on the inside of the lower leg.

If the pain is on the front of the leg and is especially intense when lifting your toes off the floor while your heel is firmly planted then you are probably suffering from Anterior Shin Splints.

If the pain is more medial on the inside edge of the shin bone then the problem is most likely the more common Posterior Shin Splints. (Also known as Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome: MTSS)

Knowing what Shin Splints are will be essential on your journey as you look for the best Shin Splints Treatment.

Dr. Peggy Malone



Dr. Peggy Malone is a Chiropractor and an Athlete who helps other athletes to overcome injury and get back to their sport. She also inspires patients from all walks of life to take control of their health to be as happy and as healthy as they can be.

A former varsity Basketball and Rugby player, she has since entered the world of endurance athletics where she has completed 2 Ironman Triathlons, 3 Marathons, several Half Marathons and many other Triathlons, Road Races and Off-Road Adventure races of varying distances.

Her own athletic endeavors and injuries have given her valuable insight into working with athletes in her practice for both the care of injuries as well as for the improvement of athletic performance.