I have had pains in my right leg, principally the shin, for some time and this is now manifesting itself in my left leg too. I have had both hips replaced, the first some 10 years ago, the second two years ago.
Pain in the shin or tibia is often called ‘shin splints’. In your case it could be caused by a few things. Poor muscle strength, stability or balance could be contributing.
I think it would be very sensible to be seen by your doctor to find the cause of the pain. Examination can exclude a serious problem such as reduced blood flow. A physiotherapist may also help by assessing your posture and observing you walking. There may be something simple that could help reduce the pain, depending on what is found, such as a shoe insert or exercises to strengthen the leg muscles.
Answered by Dr Emmajane Down.
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