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How do I know if my shin splints are healed?

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There's no way to say exactly when your shin splints will go away. It depends on what caused them. People also heal at different rates, so 3 to 6 months isn’t unusual. You’ll know they’re fully healed when:

  • Your injured leg is as flexible as your other leg.
  • Your injured leg feels as strong as your other leg.
  • You can push hard on spots that used to be painful.
  • You can jog, sprint, and jump without pain.

From: What Are Shin Splints? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: ''Shin Splints.''

Davis, M. , American College of Physicians Press, 2005. Expert Guide to Sports Medicine

Rouzier, P. second edition, SportsMed Press, 2004. The Sports Medicine Patient Advisor,

Mayo Clinic: “Stress Fractures.”

Reviewed by Michael W. Smith on December 13, 2017

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SOURCES:

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: ''Shin Splints.''

Davis, M. , American College of Physicians Press, 2005. Expert Guide to Sports Medicine

Rouzier, P. second edition, SportsMed Press, 2004. The Sports Medicine Patient Advisor,

Mayo Clinic: “Stress Fractures.”

Reviewed by Michael W. Smith on December 13, 2017

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