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Shin Splints or Stress Fracture

Patient: I am a runner and am experiencing pain in my right leg ( specifically the shin) it may be shin splints but I am concerned that it also may be a stress fracture?




Symptoms: Pain in the right shin
pain isn’t necessarily General but not pinpointed
pain feel as if it radiates throughout leg
pain decreases when I run
pain increases after I run/ when I’m not running

Doctor: Hello,thanks for contacting askthedoctor.comThere is all possibility that you may have suffered a stress fracture while running as you are an athlete. So the best way would be to get an X-RAY lower limb done to identify the cause and if required a splint or a cast may be applied for 3 weeks. You may visit your physician for a detailed examination first.I hope i have answered your query in detail.wishing you good health,regards


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Dr. Suneel Sharman M.D.

Dr. Suneel Sharman M.D.

Dr. Suneel Sharman completed his residency in Family Medicine at the University of Toronto. He currently operates Infinity Health Centre, a walk-in-clinic in downtown Toronto.

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