Shin splints, a common condition, happen when the muscles or tendons surrounding the leg bone become inflamed, irritated, and painful, which can result from overuse, a collapsing arch, stress fractures in the lower leg bones, or imbalance between opposite leg muscle groups. They frequently occur in runners and dancers.
Shin splints can be treated with rest, ice, and over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications (ask your doctor first). Cast boots and crutches are sometimes needed to treat shin splints.
Shin splints can be prevented by properly stretching prior to and after exercise, sports, or activity. Corrective shoes or corrective orthotics can also be used to prevent and treat shin splints.