So, I have shin splints. First time having them and they suck big time. How long do they last and how can I get rid of them quicker? Anyone have any ideas or personal experience with them?
If it is running or walking, try running on a softer surface, that is the only real quick fix.
They are usually caused by having the calf muscles being significantly stronger or weaker than the other muscles at the front of the shin. Alternatively they may be caused by one leg being longer than the other or poor running technique.
How long they last depends entirely on what is causing them, if it is a muscle thing they will last as long as there is the muscle imbalance.
If it is a leg thing something like orthotics can help fix that.
The other thing to consider is that it may not be shin splints and may instead be stress fractures. If you are in good shape and you just suddenly start getting them this is far more likely. I get shin splints when I go from playing American Football to Aussie Rules because of all the extra running involved and it takes a few weeks for those stabilising muscles at the front that are used more for distance running to catch up to the calves that are used a lot more in American football for explosiveness.
But yeah... need more information if you are going to get a pin point analysis. It could be as simple as run through it, but if it is stress fractures that is about the worst thing you can do so if the symptoms are close to the above maybe see a doctor to be safe.