shin splints


plural in form but singular or plural in construction
: injury to and inflammation of the tibial and toe extensor muscles or their fasciae caused by repeated minimal traumas (as by running)

Examples of shin splints in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web What causes shin splints? Shin splints are known as an overuse injury because they are usually related to the sudden or prolonged use of one's lower body. Daryl Austin, USA TODAY, 27 Jan. 2024 Runners with flat feet are already predisposed to develop injuries like tendonitis, plantar fasciitis (the inflammation of a band of tissue in the heel), bunions, and shin splints, which makes wearing the right type of running shoe of utmost importance, according to Sinclair. Emily Becker, Women's Health, 31 July 2023 People who pronate, or whose feet roll inward, are likely to have plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis, shin splints, or inner knee pain. April Benshosan, Health, 5 May 2023 Created specifically to relieve and prevent pain from plantar fasciitis as well as shin splints, Achilles tendonitis, and other foot, ankle, knee, hip, and back pain, PowerSteps Pinnacle Insoles provide a firm-but-flexible contoured neutral arch support with a deep heel cradle. Nathan Borchelt, Travel + Leisure, 25 Jan. 2023 There are a few common running injuries to watch out for: tendinitis, shin splints, hamstring injuries, plantar fasciitis, knee strain, stress fractures, and ankle sprains, Tuttle explains. Madeline Howard, Women's Health, 27 Jan. 2023 Along the way he’s battled everything from pneumonia, fevers, gastroenteritis and the flu to shin splints, back pain, nerve damage, blood poisoning and lots of blisters. Linda McIntosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, 11 Sep. 2020 Posterior tibial tendonitis and shin splints are both inflammation injuries in the same muscle-tendon structure. Outside Online, 17 June 2019 Instead, this game was all about Travis Diener, who finished 5 of 9 from three-point range for 29 points despite battling shin splints. Jr Radcliffe, Journal Sentinel, 20 Jan. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1930, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of shin splints was circa 1930

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“Shin splints.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition

shin splints

noun, plural in form but singular or plural in construction
: painful injury to and inflammation of the tibial and toe extensor muscles or their fasciae that is caused by repeated minimal traumas (as by running on a hard surface)
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