Medical Q&As

Painful shins - cause?

I have started to workout at the gym and have been walking for 30 minutes at a reasonable pace, but I keep getting pain down both my shins. What do you think it might be?

The problem you are describing is called shin splints and you might like to read a detailed description of this condition in our special feature, which can be accessed through the following link: http://www.irishhealth.com/index.html?level=4&id=2214. Now that we are shaking off the effects of winter hibernation I expect that more people will be getting out for regular walks and many people are likely to be stopped abruptly in their tracks by this painful condition. You might also like to ask one of the instructors at your gym if you are using the right shoes for working out. Inappropriate footwear can give rise to various exercise related injuries so it is worth checking out if you are wearing the right type of shoes.