How Do You Judge the Severity of Shin Splints?

In many cases you will be able to judge the severity of shin splints yourself. If you need to see a doctor, she will typically discuss your symptoms, your overall health, and how the injury happened. The doctor will check for tenderness, pain, and/or swelling in the lower leg. Additionally, the doctor will look for foot issues, such as pronation, and may request an x-ray to rule out stress fractures or bone abnormalities.

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Note: Seek medical attention if you have difficulty walking, or the pain is significant or unbearable.


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