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Sports Medicine

Lump on the shin bone

10/27/2006

Question:

Hi, I have been running for about 7 months now and have recently been going on long runs for over an hour. I have - off and on - had lots of problems with my calves (pain in the muscle) and have recently found a lump on the shin bone which appears to be growing. I am a bit worried as I don`t know what it could be. Should I see a doctor and should I have a break from running? Could it be a cyst, or anything worse like a tumor?! Many thanks

Answer:

Any bony growth that is enlarging should be evaluated by a physician.  This could be a healing stress fracture, bone cyst or even skin cyst. Tumors are certainly possible.  Examination and x-rays will be needed and this alone may provide the diagnosis when performed by your physician.  I hope this helps.

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Response by:

Charles Webster, MD
Assistant Professor
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati