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Pain on shin. Hurts on walking, climbing, sitting. Tried icing, taping. Whats wrong?

Hi, I'm a gymnast and my ankle and like the very edge of my shin (on the inside) hurts like reallllly bad! I ice it and wrap it when I home and tape it when I'm at practice. I wanna know what could be wrong there's no swelling or bruising but it hurts really bad. My coach thinks its shin splints but I researched what shin splints are and I have none of the signs... It hurts when I walk, go upstairs, run, and just sitting around. Do you think you could tell me what could possible be wrong? Thanks!
Asked On : Mon, 29 Apr 2013
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Orthopaedic Surgeon, Joint Replacement 's  Response
Feb 2014
Hello and Welcome to HCM,
Thanks for writing to us.
According to your description, what you have might be due to shin splints.
Shin splints usually result from overuse. Repeated movements of the foot can cause damage where the tibialis muscles attach to the tibia. Soon the edge of the muscles may begin to pull away from the bone. The injured muscle and the bone covering (the periosteum) become inflamed.
I advise you to-
1. Take rest. It plays a key role in decreasing pain and inflammation.
2. Stop doing the activity that caused the problem, at least until their symptoms are under control.
3. Apply cold packs and take anti-inflammatory medications like Motrin to calm pain and inflammation.
Hope this helps you.
Wishing you good health...
Dr Saurabh Gupta.
Orthopaedic Surgeon.
Answered: Mon, 29 Apr 2013
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