What is the difference between shin splints and just pain in your shin?

Shin splints. Shin splints is often used as a general term for shin pain. First make sure that your lower leg pain is not really a stress fracture of the tibia bone. Treatment of medial tibia stress syndrome (shin splint)involves icing up to three times a day, taking some antiinflammatory medication, reducing impact activities, get shock absorbing insoles, reduce your miles running and increase them gradually.