(Closed) shin splints and running… any shoe recommendations?

posted 8 years ago in Fitness
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I think that Asics are great running shoes :]

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

You might want to check out Vibram’s Five Finger shoes…  http://www.vibramfivefingers.com/indexNA.cfm

I hear things from runners about these shoes all the time, particularly regarding shin splints and lower back pain. People are also talking sbout them a lot on running blogs, just google search the name and a bunch of different sites come up.

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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

You need to go to a shoe store and get fitted.  There are a lot of great brands of running shoes (Saucony, Asics, Mizuno, Brooks, etc), but they are designed to go on certain types of feet.  Some people overpronate (turn their foot inward while they run), some people supinate (roll their foot out), some people do neither.  Only a running store can tell you the shoe that is best designed for you, so I would recommend going to a specialty running store where they will analyze your gait.  Good luck and have fun running! 

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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

If you are getting shin splints then you are definately need some new shoes.  I would go to a Running Room and get them to do a gate analysis on you.  You are probably just wearing the wrong type of shoe.

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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

shoes are only a temporary fix, you really should see a podiatrist so you can get some proper corrective orthotics, and make sure there isn’t an underlying problem 🙂

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Foot flex exercises will strengthen that area too… do those while you’re sitting down at work- 100 on each side every few hours.  You will feel the “burn” 😉

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Hi! I have been a runner since I was 12, and I used to have major problems with my shins. No matter what shoes you end up getting, try to always run on a soft surface, like a trail. Even if I am running in a park, I run beside the paved trail and not on it. I really make an effort to never run on a concrete sidewalk. Near roads there is usually a little strip of grass and I run on that.

Where do you live? Maybe some bees in the area could recommend some good trails and parks. Also, running on a trail is MUCH more fun and the time goes by faster!

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Buzzing bee

i’d go to a running store and get fitted for shoes. it might be the way your foot strikes the ground. sometimes i will feel a slight pain in my shin but it goes away when i adjust my stride so that i land on the middle of my foot instead of landing on my heel.

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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

I would definitely try getting fitted at a specialty store (if you’re anywhere in MA, I highly recommend Marathon Sports!).  You may also try this exercise to strengthen that shin muscle: walk slowly, heel-toe, exaggerating the movement.  Start waaaay back on the back of your heel, and roll forward to your toes, then go up on your toes on the leading foot.  Then take the next step with the other foot, starting way back on your heel and rolling forward to go tippy-toe on the leading foot.  Rinse, repeat.  After awhile, the muscles are in better balance (I am not a physical trainer or anything similar, but this is a trick I learned at soccer camp and it seemed to work for me).

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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I agree about getting fitted. I get really bad shin splints as well, and what helps the most for me is stretching. Look up some stretches online and they really make a difference. You should be doing these stretches before and after each run. Good luck! Shin splints are the worst!

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Saucony!

Post # 15
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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Agree with HoosierBee. Since I started running on a dirt trail/path rather than sidewalks, my feet/legs/knees/back all feel so much better. Its also nice to have some trees for shade instead of brutal sun beating down on me.

My shoes are New Balance , love them!

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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

i love my Asics! I finally sprung for the expensive ones and they are amazing.  Really well-cushioned.  

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