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What is causing sharp shin pain and what can I do for it?
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In brief: Shin splints
One likely cause would be shin splints- if you are walking or running for exercise you need to do adaequte stretching before and after activity.
Icing the shins after a workout and taking a short course of anti-inflammatory like alleve or advil (ibuprofen) should help. To prevent further bouts, see a podiatrist. You may need an orthotic in your shoe to prevent recurrence.

In brief: Shin splints
One likely cause would be shin splints- if you are walking or running for exercise you need to do adaequte stretching before and after activity.
Icing the shins after a workout and taking a short course of anti-inflammatory like alleve or advil (ibuprofen) should help. To prevent further bouts, see a podiatrist. You may need an orthotic in your shoe to prevent recurrence.
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