Inflammation of the fibrous covering of the bone (periosteum) where muscle fibers attach to it (shin splints).
Inflammation of the plantar fascia, a broad, flat ligament on the bottom of the foot (plantar fasciitis).
Inflammation at the top of the shinbone (tibia) where the patellar tendon attaches to a bony prominence (Osgood-Schlatter disease). This is more likely to occur during rapid growth periods and is usually seen in athletic teenagers, especially those who play football, basketball, or soccer, and those who are involved with gymnastics and dance. Osgood-Schlatter disease involves both legs about 25% of the time and is rarely a chronic, lifelong condition.
Treatment for a leg injury may include rest, ice, elevation, and other first aid measures (such as the application of a brace, splint, or cast), or physical therapy. Some leg injuries are treated with medicine or surgery, especially if a bone is broken. Treatment depends on:
The location, type, and severity of the injury.
When the injury occurred.
Your age, health condition, and activities, such as work, sports, or hobbies.