Brief Medical History Overview
Pain in upper tibia
I've been experiencing a weird pain in my shin for the last four days. It runs along my tibia from right below my knee and about 2-3 inches down the bone (see image below):
The pain feels like a dull ache, like a bad bruise (there is tenderness when I touch it); however, there is no bruising or swelling. I would say that it's most tender at the base of the top "bulb" of the tibia (I'm not sure of the technical term, but I think it's the medial condyle, where it meets the rest of the bone).
I walk daily (7-10km) and swim every other day and the only thing that really aggravates it is swimming freestyle. So I've stopped that but kept up with the walking and swimming breast stroke. Still, no relief. If anything, it's a little worse. I wonder if I need to stop all of my lower body activity until it's gone? Take ibuprofen? Ice?
I should add that the daily walking is new as of 4 weeks ago... prior to that I was walking 3-4 days per week. Also, there is a small bruise towards the top of my tibia (medial condyle) but I suspect that's unrelated and just from me being clumsy!
Any ideas? I've read low-impact stuff like swimming is good for an injury, but in this case it seems to be doing me more harm than good! What kind of exercise can I do while this heals?
Thanks for the help!