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The pain is usually caused by overuse along the shinbone. The inflammation of the front part of the tibia is also a common injury for basketball and tennis players. Shin splints, which can be treated in days, are common among new runners because the body, and bones, are not used to the new strenuous activity they are subjected to on regular basis now. Shin splints are usually self-treatable – rest, apply ice, and maybe consider taking pain relievers.