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A 46-year-old member asked:

can someone tell me how long will it take for my shin splints to heal?

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Dr. Daniel Farber
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 24 years experience
4-6weeks: Shin splints are essentially stress fractures of the tibia bone. They usually take at least 4-6 weeks to heal but sometimes even longer. During that time you need to minimize any impact activities or you will further slow healing. To prevent them from returning make sure you have proper shoe wear, stretch well, and follow good exercise technique.

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How can I tape shin splints?

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Stretch instead: Taping is not nearly as effective as daily stretching of the anterior tibialis muscles.
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A 53-year-old member asked:

What are the typical symptoms of shin splints?

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Dr. James Chen
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Dull achy pain: Shin splints cause dull, aching pain in the front of the lower leg. Some people feel it only during exercise. Some people only when they stop exercising. Pain can be constant. The location depends on the cause - either along the shinbone or in the muscles. The anterior shin may painful to the touch.
A 44-year-old member asked:

How long do shin splints typically last?

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Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery 32 years experience
Rest should resolve: Shin splints is an overuse injury commonly seen when a training regimen suddenly increases too rapidly beyond the physiologic capability of the leg bone (tibia) to adapt normally to increased stresses. If rest is not instituted, an overt stress fracture can result. Most respond within 3-6 weeks to rest, limited impact activities and maybe soft boot bracing.
A 35-year-old member asked:

Will shin splints stop me from going on my vacation?

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Dr. Robert Levine
Orthopedic Surgery 19 years experience
Should Not Stop You: Shin splints should not stop you from going on your vacation. They will only limit some of the activities that you can do. You should check with your physician to see what you can and cannot do.
A 46-year-old member asked:

Why aren't my shin splints going away for weeks?

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Dr. Bryan Reuss
Orthopedic Surgery 21 years experience
Maybe something else: Usually shin splints will take longer than a few weeks to go away. However, if you feel you have rested and done the stretching enough to relieve the discomfort, you may need to be evaluated for another fairly common condition that mimics shin splints: tibial stress fractures.

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