Shooting pain starting in the front of your ankle and continuing up almost to your knee cap could be shin splints. When you touch the area on either side of your shin bone, it may feel sore and tender.
Most shin pain, although annoying, is minor and can be treated with the guidelines that follow. However, if the pain persists or recurs, see a doctor. Shin splints may develop into a stress fracture- -a tiny chip or crack in the bone. Stress fractures won't go away on their own and, without treatment, may become serious.