Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.


Shin Tenderness Overview

What is shin tenderness?
A person with shin tenderness has shin pain when pressure is applied to the shin. Shin tenderness may be caused by injury, irritation or inflammation to the skin, muscles, bones or joints in the front of the leg.

What are the symptoms of shin tenderness?
Symptoms that can occur with shin tenderness include leg pain, leg bruising, leg swelling, skin redness, fever, joint swelling, leg deformity, and an inability to stand or walk.

How does the doctor treat shin tenderness?
Treatment for shin tenderness depends on the underlying cause. Treatment for shin tenderness may include rest, cold compresses, elevation, crutches, an elastic wrap, a splint or cast, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain. Severe causes of shin tenderness may require treatment with surgery or antibiotics.

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