10 Best Running Shoes for Shin Splints Tested

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Runners burdened with shin splints can find recovery very challenging indeed. There are many different treatments and differing opinions about successful approaches to recovery. The shoes on our list will not actively cure shin splints, but they will help create a supportive environment for treatment and recovery.

Last Updated: May 11, 2017
By Edward Otieno:

In our aim to provide as much assistance as possible, we have done some research and come up with a whole bunch of helpful information, which we added just below our list.

Additionally, we looked into what others had for concerns, and have put together some frequently asked questions, which you will find near the bottom of the page.

Hoka One One Clifton 3
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Brooks Glycerin 14
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Asics Gel Nimbus 18
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10 Best Picks For Shin Splints

 

1. Hoka One One Clifton 3

Many feel that this third version of the Clifton model hits the sweet spot, ideally balancing cushioning and weight. This lightweight favorite is ideal for runners with shin splints because it provides the essential cushioning and stability.
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Weighing only 7.4 oz. in the women’s version – add about another ounce for the men’s shoe – this shoe is easy to lift up and put down over the miles. Hoka redesigned the upper for greater durability over the previous version. Though this new seamless mesh upper does not have the smooth look of its predecessor, it sits very comfortably on the top of the foot. Using the Hoka rocker technology that tapers up from toe to heel, the Clifton 3 gently encourages forward movement while maintaining a comfortable, stable foot strike.

Comfort
The Clifton’s foundation is a sole packed with a generous layer of CMEVA foam and a feather soft interior. The seamless, breathable, mesh upper is impressively flexible and an enlarged toe box add to the attractive appointments of this shoe.

Value
This is an average priced elite shoe.
Pros
  • Superior cushioning
  • Uncompromised stability
  • Lightweight
  • Toe box accommodates toe splay
  • Durable
  • Breathable, soft upper
Cons
  • Some buyers have reported issues with the quality.
  • Other users find the toe box too small in size

2. Asics Gel Nimbus 18

Two ounces heavier than our number one pick is the Asics Gel Nimbus 18. Asics has very recently released a 19th version of their shoe, but there is not yet sufficient user experience with it for us to recommend it in this category.
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Over its 18 years of experience running, the Gel Nimbus has been consistently popular. This model is a good match for our category because of its relatively light weight, excellent cushioning and Heel Clutching System Technology because of its contribution to overall stability by adding super stability to the heel which also promotes improved heel fit.

Comfort
Appropriately named for a cloud, these shoes provide a sweet ride. Both the rear and forefoot are GEL infused for impact attenuation and the seamless construction ensures to the best of its ability that your feet won’t blister. The FluidFit upper adapts to your foot for a customized fit and the FluidRide midsole balances bounce-back and cushioning.

Value
These are very good shoes at a good price and you may get a bargain now that the 19 is out.
Pros
  • Cushioned heel and forefoot
  • GEL-infused
  • Heel stability features
  • Good price
Cons
  • Some athletes find the toe box too small.
  • The shoes has been fiund to run small by some buyers

3. Merrell Vapor Glove 2

As investigation into running issues continues, analysts increase their knowledge of remedies, including for shin splints. There is evidence that other runners profit from revising their running mechanics from heel strike to forefoot strike. The Merrell Vapor Glove 2 is an example of a shoe that encourages forefoot strike as do many barefoot style shoes.
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Designed to enable the feeling of barefoot running while providing some protection, the Merrell Vapor Glove 2 is extremely light (about 5 ounces) and is composed of washable mesh which provides ample air circulation for cooling and moisture wicking. As you run, the shoe hugs your foot, again imitating your natural barefoot. With a zero drop sole yet Vibram sole and integrated toe protection, the Vapor Glove is barefoot with a plus.

Comfort
For runners trying to overcome shin splints, these promote forefoot strike which many runners finds supports recovery.

Value
In comparison with elite shoes, these are not expensive, but some may find them pricey as there appears to be little shoe for the investment.
Pros
  • Lightweight
  • Heel and Toe impact protection
  • Sole reinforced
  • Maintains barefoot experience
  • Zero drop
  • Promotes forefoot strike
Cons
  • A few runners reported that the snekaer started weraing out prematurely.
  • Few cases of size issues have been reported.

4. Asics Gel Kayano 21

Weighing about the same as the Nimbus, these Asics Gel Kayano 21 are as appropriate for runners with shin splints as the Nimbus, but the different characters of the shoes ensure them a separate place on our list.
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For the Gel Kayano 21s, Asics’ technology and designers determined on gender-specific cushioning ensuring a custom, smooth run for both genders. Asics’ FluidRide cushioning and rear and forefoot GEL cushioning add to the attractions of this long-time favorite. Moisture-wicking and breathable with an impact-absorbing, durable rubber sole, these Kayanos support your feet without pressure and cushion without sacrificing road sensitivity.

Comfort
Kayanos provide comfort from heel cushioning and GEL infusion through the gender-specific foam placement to the puffy tongue and forgiving sole.

Value
These moderately-priced shoes are a good value and come in models with special features such as the Lite-show that features glow-in-the-dark sole elements.
Pros
  • Gender-specific cushioning
  • Forefoot and heel GEL infusion
  • Heel clutching system
  • Moisture-wicking upper
  • Well-priced
  • Available with interesting features
Cons
  • Others feel the shoes run narrow.
  • Some find the toe box too tight.

5. On Cloud

Both On and Hoka One One have well-earned reputations for comfort and cushioning. Much depends on your individual running style, gait and running environment. Because of the emphasis on cushioning, On Cloud has earned a prestigious position on our list.
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On’s Cloud is their basic running shoe. Of course, On applies similar technology to variations on the Cloud for trail running and other specific conditions. The Clouds and technology packed into these 7 ounce beauties earn them this slot on our list. The design, which is well-documented in video on the company website, has open “clouds” on the soles that compress to cushion your contact with the ground and remain compressed for a strong push-off into the next step. This balance of cushioning and stability well-supported by test runners makes On’s Clouds a great choice for people with shin splints.

Comfort
In addition to the Clouds that line the sole and move independently to provide cushioning precisely where you need it, this lightweight has slip-on laces and a padded tongue that add to its comfort.

Value
These compare favorably with the other shoes in our ranking.
Pros
  • Multiple cushioning elements
  • Clouds provide cushioning and stability
  • Slip-on/off laces
  • Light light light
Cons
  • Some buyers reported low quality issues.
  • Some users did not like the attached tongue.

6. Mizuno Wave Inspire 13

Though 9 ounces seems heavy in comparison with some of the shoes lower on our list, the Mizuno Wave Inspire is still a very light running shoe. Featuring cushioning and stability, this balanced shoe sits in the middle position of our list.
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The U4ic midsole provides excellent shock attenuation while the firm sole holds the foot to protect against slipping and pronation. The Waves reduce and redirect the force of each impact away from your foot for superior strike cushioning and sole responsiveness.

Comfort
The Inspire’s comfort is founded in the Waves and extends to the midsole shock attenuation and upper breathable yet supportive mesh.

Value
The Mizuno Wave Inspire 13 is a little more expensive than most of the other shoes on our list, but still in the standard range for elite shoes.
Pros
  • Wave pattern on soles for to reduce and deflect impact
  • Shock attenuation midsole
  • Heel cushioning
  • Firm stability
Cons
  • Few cases of foot abrasions have been reported.
  • Reports on low quality issues.

7. Brooks Glycerin 14

The Glycerin 14, produced by the grand master of running shoes, Brooks, is ready to provide cushioning where you most need it and an upper that stabilizes with comfort.
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The colors of the Brooks Glycerin 14 sole indicate the different pressure zones and how the sole is designed to disperse impact in each zone through specific impact panels.

Comfort
The saddle holds the foot without excessive pressure and the sole impact panels do double duty by providing targeted cushioning and a smooth transition from heel to toe. The ankle collar is spongy and responsive and the interior is silky.

Value
Considerably more expensive than most other shoes on this list. These shoes provide serious running with durable, comfortable wear.
Pros
  • Plush comfort
  • Stabilizing saddle
  • Well-cushioned ankle collar
  • Impact dispersing sole panels
Cons
  • Some buyers report wear issues.
  •  The shoes run narrow on some wearers

8. Saucony Zealot ISO 2

Saucony’s Zealot ISO 2 provides comfort through a combination of cushioning and fit.
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At about 9.5 ounces, the Zealot ISO 2 offers a 20% increase in cushioning through a Saucony midsole technology called PWRGRID+. The TRI-Flex sole composition improves force dispersion by widening the dispersion area while delivering excellent traction.

Comfort
The PWRGRID+ midsole working with the Flexfilm upper enables the shoe to conform to the shape of your foot for a comfortable, cushioned run.

Value
This shoe gravitates toward the higher area of our list.
Pros
  • PWRGRID+ midsole cushioning
  • Flexfilm shape-conforming upper
  • Stabilizing saddle
  • Tri-Flex sole – flexible and promotes advancement
Cons
  • Shoes run narrow on some athletes.
  • The shoes run small.

9. Brooks Ghost 8

The Brooks Ghost is the elite cushioned shoe of the Brooks stable. Balancing cushioning, stability and durability earns the Ghost this position on our list.
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The nexus of the Ghost is Brooks’ BioMoGo DNA midsole designed to respond to each stride you take. This is formed into a waffle pattern to hold the road in wet and dry conditions. With every variation on foot strike, runners find the cushioning well-placed for them. Through amply cushioned, the forefoot stiffens to provide a strong push into the next stride. This seems like magic, but much of shoe technology does these days. The mesh upper provides comfort and stability with a firm heel cup and wide toe box.

Comfort
Brooks aimed for the average foot with the Ghost 8 design, so most runners will find the shape comfortable with adequate room for heel and toes. The cushioning meets each runners’ needs without seeming too squishy and the mesh upper is soft as is the interior lining.

Value
These fall in the average price range for elite shoes and you can probably find them at a bargain price as Brooks has just released the next shoe in this line.
Pros
  • Wonderful cushioning
  • Stabilizing
  • Fits most gaits and strike patterns
  • Soft interior, heel collar, tongue and mesh upper
  • Durable
Cons

 

  • Not very durable, the shoes have premature wear issues.
  • Some buyers have reported that the shoes run wide.

10. Nike Air Zoom Vomero 11

The Nike Air Zoom Vomero 11 has, perhaps, a more conventional appearance than the other shoes on our list because of the conservative look of the sole. However, Nike Air shoes have been delivering comfort for almost 30 years and they don’t disappoint in the Zoom Vomero 11.
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These provide a stable midsole and good responsiveness while the Flywire technology secures the foot to prevent slippage in any direction for a secure, reliable strike. With a snug, stable fit, this shoe is comfortable without even considering cushioning. However, cushioning provided by air units and foam throughout the sole provide a smooth, uniform, soft foot platform.

Comfort
Air Zoom Vomeros provide comfort through different applications of technology. Soft Lunarlon foam cushions the forefoot and a firmer foam cushions the heel and the entire shoe platform includes Zoom Air units for a sublayer of cushioning. Add the Flywire system for stability a mesh upper for air circulation, and you have a comfortable shoe.

Value
These fall into the average price range in our list.
Pros
  • Lunarlon foam in forefoot and toe
  • Air Zoom throughout sole
  • Think insole
  • Cool and breathable
  • Flywire stability
Cons
  • Some users feel the Zoom Vomero 11 runs narrow.
  • Some athletes have  reported premature wear issues.

Many runners need to address minor or major issues with shin splints during their running careers.  Luckily most of the time, shin splints is not an issue that necessarily ends your running career.  One known contributor to shin splints is poor shoes, either in quality or through deterioration.  This does not mean purchasing one of these pairs of shoes will cure your shin splints, but running in quality, cushioned, stabilizing shoes will certainly stack the deck in your favor and minimize at least one damaging element in your running regime.

Criteria used for Picking Out the 10 Best Sneakers for Runners suffering  Shin Splints

What exactly are shin splints? Shin splints refer to deep muscular pain that occurs inside and outside the shin. This pain can ultimately cause significant injuries to the foot and cause health issues like stress fractures. Luckily for most, shin splints can be avoided with the right training and the right shoes.  If you tend to suffer from problem of having arches or intense  throbbing pain in the shins, its good to  consider getting the best shoes for shin splint.A shin splint is an extreme condition that affects runners. The best option would be to get some good running sneakers for runners suffering from shin splints. Get shoes that have rigid heels and offer firm support from the midsole. If you have shin splint, you will have the ability to flex the toes without feeling any pain, the pain occurs between the knee and the ankle. Very common among runners who over pronate. The appropriate shoes for them would be stability shoe since they prevent rolling inwards of the shoes which mounts additional pressure on the legs’ shin.

When picking out the best shoes for runners suffering from shin splints the following factors were considered:

Durability

If you want to determine the durability of the running shoe, then the material is the most important thing to look at. Determine how the material will last with regards to wear and tear.  Try to choose a pair which comes with high-grade textile. Also, check if there is mesh in the upper or not. Mesh will help you to stay comfortable.

Fit

Be careful about the size. Measure accurately which size suits you. Otherwise, you may face some pain in the ankle and some other body parts. Size determine the fit of the shoe; you should avoid getting something that will increase the pain on shin which in turn  will make your running exercise impossible.

Overall Comfort

For long distance running, it is necessary to have a comfy inside in the shoe. You should check the cushioning system of the shoe to make sure that it is comfortable. Comfortability is achieved by making sure you have the right size and fit of the running shoes.

Stability

Check for the proper amount of stability. Make sure that the shoe will keep your feet in the right position to avoid any minor or major injuries. Also, select the shoe based on your feet type. If you have flat feet, choose a pair which has support for the flat feet.

The above listed are general  factors.  Other factors that were considered are:

  • Runners Landing Style: 
  • Leg Joint: .
  • Gender
  • Running Terrain
  • Frequency of Running Exercise

 

Understanding Shin Splints

However, its good that before you make up your mind  on the shoes you want to buy, first you need to understand what shin splints are, their cause, prevention and treatment measures.

What exactly is a Shin Splint?

A shin splint is an extreme condition that affects runners. In summary you should watch out for the below symptoms so that you can determine whether you have the condition or not:

  • Pain & tenderness experienced on the  leg’s (lower part)
  • Experiencing discomfort and pain each time you flex the toes ( specifically upwards your skin).
  • Leg pain especially around the ankles and knees, after running a few kilometers.

But then it’s important to note that, not every pain you will experience in the legs (especially the lower section of the leg) is necessarily brought by shin splints. Leg pain experienced in the leg,( lower outside section of the leg) could be due to compartment syndrome (swelling of  the muscles) experienced  within the  closed compartment  that is at the lower section of the  leg. This pain will cause unusual sensations of the nerves which causes muscle weakness and pressure.

To diagnose a shin splint condition, its best you visit a specialist so that he/she can determine the condition. However, before going to the doctor you can consider using these compression socks each time you are going for a run. The socks might of help in  blood circulation, around that specific affected compartment hence blood flows better, this in turn will relieve the pressure & reduce any form of discomfort experienced. If you train or run frequently , and you always experiencing leg pain in the lower part around/ above the ankles but  just below the knees, this could be due to a stress fracture (the micro fracture can either be tibia). X ray conducted by a professional can be the best way to diagnose this condition.

The Common Causes

Knowing the major  causes of shin splints is very important when determining the best shoes to buy. Below are some of the most prevalent causes of a runner having  shin splints:

  • Over pronation, Pronation is the foot’s  natural inward rolling  when one is running. Neutral runners will show a low level of pronation, however the overpronators will experience rolling  in excess, this in turn will put too much pressure on the joint of the knee.  The ideal running sneakers that will help with the over pronation conditions are those that offer notion control and stability. Stability level is dependent on the level of pronation.   Stability of the shoe is offered by the thick material normally placed the arch pint.
  • Running on hard or sloppy surfaces.
  • Wearing running sneakers that are worn out and or not fitting hence inadequate support and cushioning.
  • Having feet that are flat.
  • Having calf muscles that are taut
  • Having weak ankles or  Achilles tendons that are taut.
  • Being overweight, which means additional pressure on your legs.
  • Resuming running sessions after a long period of no running.

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Diagnosis And Treatment

Seeking medical assistance will be the first option when dealing with shin splints. Medical doctors will be in a better position to diagnose the condition after conducting  tests on your legs t in order to be very sure that you are indeed suffering from shin splints.

Other Important Factors To Consider

Buying new running shoes – most of the times when you run, in brand new sneakers that can offer additional cushioning and support to your feet especially the lower part of the legs, will bring relief to the feet, hence prevent further pain caused by shin splints.

  1. Compression Socks – These will  offer more blood flow into the body muscles, especially the muscles around your legs. This means there will be no chances of an athlete having any pain, discomfort or experiencing inflammation.
  2. The Foam Rollers – these are a must sports gear for every runner, they are supposed to a runners best friend. Runners who have to deal with pain caused by shin splints, should use foam rollers to get rid of the inflammation that tends to affect the lower legs frequently or on regular basis.
  3. The Compression Wrap for Shin Splints – The compression wrap is designed and  created to get rid of discomfort and inflammation that is brought about by  shin splint. Try these compression wraps in your coming run.
  4. The Taping  for Shin Splints – These taping techniques are another option when you are looking for methods of relieving pain caused by shin splints. The taping techniques help the body muscles to relax, reduce the pressure hence reducing inflammation and pain.

 

Other Treatments That Work For Knee Pain

Again, treatment for knee pain relies on your specific injury. Mild or moderate injuries that cause knee pain will usually heal on their own, given time. To heal quickly, you can:

  • Rest your knee. Let your knee a rest for a few days and avoid strong activity.
  • Ice your knee for it to reduce pain and swelling. Do it about 20-30 minutes every 3-4 hours for 2-3 days or until the pain is gone away.
  • Compress your knee. Use straps, elastic bandage or sleeves to reduce swelling or add support.
  • Elevate your knee on the pillow when you’re lying or sitting down to reduce swelling.
  • Take anti-inflammatory painkillers. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), like Aleve,Advil or Motrin, will help with swelling and pain. However, these drugs can have other side effects and should use only occasionally.
  • Practice strengthening and stretching exercises if your doctor recommends them.

To heal some cases of knee pain, you can need a procedure. People with bursitis often need to have excess fluid drawn from the knee. Surgery might be necessary to remove bone chips or fix a dislocated kneecap.

Support / Stability

As some knee problems can actually stem from issues with motion control or lack of proper stability, many of our choices are also good for providing that needed support that you might even find in footwear which is suitable for other conditions such as overpronation or underpronation. Running without the necessary amount of stability needed for these types of foot conditions can actually add to the stress on the knee, causing more issues and further discomfort while running.

Types of Shin Splint Exercises

It’s very crucial  that you understand and know the different varieties  of shin splints workouts or exercises.  Even though, its unfortunate that most doctors and therapists would recommend no running if you  have inflammations caused by shin splints. They will insists on giving the leg muscles time to recover and the inflammation reducing. But then, there are some physical workouts you can to fasten the recovery and repairing process of the leg muscles.

  1. Stretching the leg muscles,! – Stretch  the Achilles tendon, the front shins and the calves as many times as you can, hence reduce the inflammation and pain caused by shin splint. Each shin splint stretch could  either make or break the recovery, diligence must be maintained while doing the stretches.
  2. Tracing the alphabet using the big toes in your feet, the alphabets should be on the floor. This should be done for each leg as it will help in stretching and also strengthening the front shin and calf muscles.
  3. Alternate walking with heels on and regular walking ( each for maximum of 30 seconds) This should be done for each leg as it will help in stretching and also strengthening the front shin and calf muscles. It also helps in avoiding shin splint pain and inflammation.   You should make sure you do the 3 above workouts at least three times daily.
  4. If the shin splint woes or problems you have are not cured, regardless of doing the above workout sessions, you can then go for cross training.  These can involves sporting capacities like weight training, cycling or even swimming. These should be done until you have recovered enough to resume running.  Once you resume running, make sure that you increase the rate of your  mileage steadily but not more than a 10% increase of distance covered in running daily.

In case you have knee pain and are looking for the best running sneakers for your feet.

FAQ

Q. What are Shin Splints?

A.Shin splints refer to deep muscular pain that occurs inside and outside the shin. This pain can ultimately cause significant injuries to the foot and cause health issues like stress fractures. Luckily for most, shin splints can be avoided with the right training and the right shoes.  If you tend to suffer from problem of having arches or intense  throbbing pain in the shins, its good to  consider getting the best shoes for shin splint.A shin splint is an extreme condition that affects runners. The best option would be to get some good running sneakers for shin splints. Get shoes that have rigid heels and offer firm support from the midsole. If you have shin splint, you will not  have the ability to flex the toes without feeling any pain, the pain occurs between the knee and the ankle. Very common among runners who over pronate. The appropriate shoes for them would be stability shoe since they prevent rolling inwards of the shoes which mounts additional pressure on the legs’ shin.

Q. What Causes Shin Splints?

A. Below are some of the most prevalent causes of a runner having  shin splints:

  • Over pronation, Pronation simply means the rolling inwards of ones foot when walking or running. For  neutral runners they experience pronation but to at a very low degree, unlike the  overpronators who have to deal with excessive rolling of the feet, over pronation means more pressure will be exerted on the knee joint. Runners dealing with over pronation should look for shoes that will offer them both motion control and added stability. The more pronation you experience the more stability you will need to get from your running sneakers. The material used in making the arch point of any given running shoe, is the one that offers and determines the amount of stability of  a given shoe.
  • Running on hard or sloppy surfaces.
  • Wearing running sneakers that are worn out and or not fitting hence inadequate support and cushioning.
  • Having feet that are flat.
  • Having calf muscles that are taut
  • Having weak ankles or  Achilles tendons that are taut.
  • Being overweight, which means additional pressure on your legs.
  • Resuming running sessions after a long period of no running.

Q. What is pronation?

A. Pronation is very common among athletes, its experience by everyone. Its the natural inward rolling of ones feet or foot as we walk or run. People who are considered to be neutral runners have low levels of experience but then there are runners who experience pronation at very high levels. These type of runners suffer from what we call over pronation. Those who experience very little pronation suffer from supination.  Runners with excessive pronation are advised to get running shoes that offer them extra stability and combined with natural movement. Stability of the shoes is determined by the amount of pronation that a runner experiences during their running sessions or when walking around.

Q. How do I Treat & Prevent Shin Splints?

A. Below are some of the ways of preventing and treating shin splints.

Buying new running shoes – most of the times when you run, in a new pair of sneakers that can offer additional cushioning and support to your feet especially the lower part of the legs, will bring relief to the feet, hence prevent further pain caused by shin splints.

  1. Compression Socks – These will offer more blood flow in the body muscles, especially the muscles around your legs. This means there will be no chances of an athlete having any pain, discomfort or experiencing inflammation.
  2. The Foam Rollers – these are a must sports gear for every runner, they are supposed to a runners best friend. Runners who tend to experience pain caused by shin splints, should use foam rollers to get rid of the inflammation that tends to affect the lower legs on regular basis.
  3. The Compression Wrap for Shin Splints – The compression wrap is designed and  created to get rid of discomfort and inflammation that is brought about by  shin splint. Try these compression wraps in your coming run.
  4. The Taping  for Shin Splints – These taping techniques are another option when you are looking for methods of relieving pain caused by shin splints. The taping techniques help the body muscles to relax, reduce the pressure hence reducing inflammation and pain.

 

Q. What are the best Shin Splint Exercises?

A. It’s very crucial  that you understand and know the different varieties  of shin splints workouts or exercises.  Even though, its unfortunate that most doctors and therapists would recommend no running if you  have inflammations caused by shin splints. They will insists on giving the leg muscles time to recover and the inflammation reducing. But then, there are some physical workouts you can to fasten the recovery and repairing process of the leg muscles.

  1. Stretching the leg muscles,! – Stretch  the Achilles tendon, the front shins and the calves as many times as you can, hence reduce the inflammation and pain caused by shin splint. Each shin splint stretch could  either make or break the recovery, diligence must be maintained while doing the stretches.
  2. Tracing the alphabet using the big toes in your feet, the alphabets should be on the floor. This should be done for each leg as it will help in stretching and also strengthening the front shin and calf muscles.
  3. Alternate walking with heels on and regular walking ( each for maximum of 30 seconds) This should be done for each leg as it will help in stretching and also strengthening the front shin and calf muscles. It also helps in avoiding shin splint pain and inflammation.   You should make sure you do the 3 above workouts at least three times daily.
  4. If the shin splint woes or problems you have are not cured, regardless of doing the above workout sessions, you can then go for cross training.  These can involves sporting capacities like weight training, cycling or even swimming. These should be done until you have recovered enough to resume running.  Once you resume running, make sure that you increase the rate of your  mileage steadily but not more than a 10% increase of distance covered in running daily.

 

Q. How Do You Know If You Have Shin Splints?

A. In summary you should watch out for the below symptoms so that you can determine whether you have shin splints or not:

  • Pain & tenderness experienced on the lower part of  leg
  • Experiencing discomfort and pain each time you flex the toes ( specifically upwards your skin).
  • Leg pain especially around the ankles and knees, after running a few kilometers.

But then it’s important to note that, not every pain you will experience in your legs (especially the lower section of the leg) is necessarily brought by shin splints. To diagnose a shin splint condition, its best you visit a specialist so that he/she can determine the condition. However, before going to the doctor you can consider using these compression socks each time you are going for a run. The socks might  help in  blood circulation, around that specific affected compartment hence blood flows better, this in turn will relieve the pressure and reduce any form of discomfort experienced. If you train regularly or run often , and you always experiencing leg pain in the lower part around/ above the ankles but  just below the knees, this could be due to a stress fracture (the micro fracture can either be tibia). X ray conducted by a professional can be the best way to diagnose this condition.

Q. How Are Shin Splints Treated?

A. There are two methods of treating shin splints: surgical and non-surgical ways. Nonsurgical ways are:

  • Rest
  • Cold therapy
  • Special tape and taping techniques
  • Wearing compression socks
  • Physical therapy sessions
  • Cortisone shots
  • Deep tissue massage
  • Posture correction therapy and proper alignment techniques

 

Here are some sources we used while conducting our research:

Sources

  1. Shoe Kicker, Best Nike Shoes for Women with Shin Splints, Sporting Website,
  2. Live Strong, The Best Running Shoes for Shin Splints, Health & Fitness Website,
  3. Kuru Footwear, Shin Splints, Sporting Website,
  4. Mens Fitness, 9 ways to cure (and prevent) shin splints, Sporting Website,
  5. Trails, What Are the Best Running Shoes for Shin Splints?, Sporting Website,
  6. Dr Scholls, Shin Splints, Health Website,
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