Untreated shin splints can have very serious consequences and might culminate into a stress fracture, that is generally known to occur whenever a human body tries to adjust the injury and at the same time the person concerned continues with exercises and workouts, that in the end damages the mid shaft position of the lower leg bone.
Untreated shin splints of the lower leg can worsen so much so that it might result in intense pain and inflammation because that aggravates the muscles and tendons. So it is recommended to see a doctor if a shin splint symptom do not get cured with initial self care at home. Some of the effects of untreated shin splints are called delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS), which is an acute injury and caused primarily by the overuse of the muscle. The untreated shin splints causes stress facture, and that can be very clearly diagnosed by a MRI or bone scan. This is a complicated shin splint case, and generally takes longer than ordinary shin splint to heal. Your legs & feet, ankles & knees, hips & back. All these body parts continually impact one another when you are on a treadmill. This constant impact will lead to different problems that include back pain & shin splints. The untreated shin splints will lead to stress fractures. Like you may see, constant pounding is not very good for body. Not just does it lead to the injury, however it can put damper mentally on you.
Another condition that may arise from untreated shin splints is called chronic compartment syndrome (CCS) and it is very similar to the anterior shin splints. The result could be very serious, and can even lead to loss of function of the lower leg. This happens when there is less blood flow due to swelling on the anterior compartment of the leg, and that in turn lack of oxygen and nutrient can cause more swelling and so on. It needs emergency operation for healing.
Another effect of untreated shin splints is the flat feet and also known as Pea Planus and this involves the muscles and tendons of the medial shin to become and inflamed, overstretched and weakened. This is a vicious circle with the muscle(s) once overstretched, the inflamed and weaker it becomes. And with that, the more weak and inflamed it becomes, it is over. That is primarily what may happen if shin splint is left untreated.