Posted: 12/06/2013 at 09:20
By initial symptoms i mean pain, swelling, heat or redness that is brought on by boughts of activity. And after you have RICE'd (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation) and your shins can tolerate doing progressively more exercise without it hurting. Starting with non-impact calf raises.
Shin splints is a blanket term for a variety of conditions around the lower leg, the most common being soft tissue micro trauma caused by overuse - too much too soon and maybe bad technique, and also lack of range of movement in feet or hips can contribute.
However, constant pain maybe a sign of stress reaction or stress fracture of tibia. Causes and symptoms are the same but will need longer rest period. Would need a Scan to differeniate. If problem has been going on for longer than 2 months I would ask GP to refer for scan or go private.