What are shin splints and how do I avoid getting them?

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shin splintsShin splints is a term used to describe any pain in the shins, the area in the front of the lower leg below the knee. You usually feel shin splints 2 to 24 hours after aerobic exercise. You can avoid getting shin splints by making sure to stretch before and after any aerobic exercise and wearing sneakers with good support. Listen to your body when you’re exercising. If the exercise causes pain, stop immediately.