5 Most Common Causes of Lower Leg Pain in Runners (How to Deal With Them)

In most cases, it’s blamed on overuse, mainly wear and tear to the muscles, joints, bones, tendons, and other tissue. But determining the exact cause root-cause of lower leg pain is easier said than done as there’s a bunch of conditions that can strike the area between your knees and ankles.

We’re not talking about genetics and chronic problem yet.

But worry no more.

In today’s post, I’ll outline the main injuries that cause lower leg pain in runners and how to best treat and prevent them.

Note-If you think you might be dealing with one of these conditions, make an appointment to see your doctor or a physiotherapist as soon as possible.

1. Shin Splints

Also known as medial tibial stress syndrome, or MTSS, shin splints is the broad term used to describe pain along the inner (medial) side of the tibia.

The condition is an inflammation of the muscles, bone tissue, and tendons around the tibia.

Pain usually strikes along the inner border of the tibia, where muscles attach to the bone.


Often on the front side of the shin—or the anterior shin splints—or on the back inside of the shin—or the posterior medial shin splints.

You’ll feel tenderness around the lower two-quarters of the inner tibia.

The affected spot will be tender to touch.

You may also notice some mild swelling in the lower leg.

The Causes

The injury is caused by repetitive stress on the shinbone and the connective tissue that attach the muscles to the bone.

In most cases, shin splints develop when you suddenly increase your training volume, either with a new activity, intensity or by changing something in your running routine.

Even the skipping recovery section also takes part in this injury.

The Treatment

Treating shin splints involves taking a rest from high impact exercise, but you can maintain your fitness by doing low impact sports, such as swimming and cycling after the acute period…


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