Can a tibial stress fracture heal on its own?

Tibial stress fractures can be some of the most difficult injuries runners face. They can keep you out of running for months, possibly keep you on crutches and occasionally need surgery.

Keith asks:
Due to running, I developed the dread black line right in the middle of my anterior tibia. After stopping running, all my pain disappeared within a week or two. Now 5 weeks later, I can fast walk with zero pain. The bump on my shin has greatly reduced to half the size of a dime. Yet, I read the stories, and wonder if I have any hope of recovering and running without surgery. In your experience, have you ever seen people recover from the dreaded black line?

In this Ask Dr. Geier video, I answer the question of a runner who feels like his tibial stress fracture is improving and wonders if that’s the normal progression of the injury.

Have you ever suffered a tibial stress fracture? How did you get it to heal? Did you get back to running or sports? Please share your experience below!

Also read:
Ask Dr. Geier: Healing of tibial stress fractures
Ask Dr. Geier – Time for healing of a stress fracture

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