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4 Signs Your Shin Splints Have Healed continued...

There's no way to say exactly when your shin splints will go away. It depends on what's causing them. People also heal at different rates; 3 to 6 months is not unusual.

The most important thing is not to rush back into your sport. If you start exercising before your shin splints have healed, you may hurt yourself permanently.

While you heal, you could take up a new no-impact activity that won't aggravate your shin splints. For instance, if you run, try swimming or an aggressive interval bike program.

How to Prevent Shin Splints

To prevent shin splints, you should:

  • Wear shoes with good support and padding.
  • Warm up before working out. 
  • Work to maintain and improve the mobility in your ankles and hips. 
  • Stretch the muscles in your legs, especially after workouts.
  • Work to maintain and improve strength in the stabilizing muscles of your hips and ankles.
  • Stop working out as soon as you feel pain in your shins.


WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Ross Brakeville, DPT on October 02, 2014
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