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Pain in the shin, swelling after walking, hurts to walk. Treatment?

Hi, over the last month or so I ve started walking the 4-mile commute into work. Yesterday I developed pain in my shin, with slight swelling over the bone (at the front, just over half way down). A faint bruise has now appeared just under the swelling. It really hurts to walk, but I can stand still without problems and the pain goes away with rest. Do you know what this is and how I should treat it?
Asked On : Sun, 4 Nov 2012
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Orthopaedic Surgeon, Joint Replacement 's  Response
Feb 2014
Thanks for posting your query.

It seems to be due to shin splints (tibial stress syndrome).

They might be caused by:
- Irritated and swollen muscles, often caused by overuse
- Stress fractures, which are tiny, hairline breaks in the lower leg bones
- Overpronation or ''flat feet" -- when the impact of a step causes the arch of your foot to collapse, Stretching the muscles and tendons.

You can take anti-inflammatory drug like motrin 1 tablet with food as and when required (upto 4 tablets daily) to reduce pain and inflammation. Avoid lifting and rest well.

Dr Saurabh Gupta
Orthopaedic surgeon
Answered: Thu, 8 Nov 2012
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