Shin splints is a painful condition that affects the front and/or sides of the lower leg. This can develop from running on uneven or hard surfaces, poor foot mechanics or simply a change in the surface you’re running or walking on. Often time’s shin splints develop when the amount of activity is increased too quickly and the body does not have enough time to adapt to the increased stresses and injury occurs. You may experience pain at rest, during exercise, or both. Initial treatments include Rest, Ice massage and Compression. If you are uncertain about the nature of your condition or your condition does not improve with conservative treatment please contact your primary care provider or for more specialized care contact Children’s Sports Medicine.