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Doctor insights on: Best Walking Shoes For Shin Splints

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Walking (Definition)

Your doctor may also suggest a safe exercise plan. Walking is usually the easiest type of exercise, but swimming or other low-impact exercises can work just as well. Exercise is an important way to keep blood sugar in control, and physical activity in pregnancy has been found to decrease the risk ...Read more


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I walk at least 1-3 miles a day in heels just fine, but when I walk the same distance in athletic shoes I get severe shin splints. What can I do

I walk at least 1-3 miles a day in heels just fine, but when I walk the same distance in athletic shoes I get severe shin splints. What can I do

Shin Splints: This is due to tightness of your gastroc muscles or weakness of the anterior muscles of your leg, specifically the anterior tibialis. Strengthening the anterior tibialis to accept the eccentric loading that occurs after your heel hits the ground is improtant to prevent this. Don't have to load this muscle that was while in heels which is why it doesn't hurt. ...Read more

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What are the best brands of running shoes that help prevent shin splints?

What are the best brands of running shoes that help prevent shin splints?

CUSHIONING: Asics excels in cushioning, nimbus or cumulus (think clouds.) these will hold up over mileage. Mizuno wave is also a good choice. New balance has a few in their higher end. You will still need good pronatory control from an orthotic or a firm insole. Stretching is also key in the prevention of shinsplints. ...Read more

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What is the best type of cross training shoe for shin splints and flat feet?

What is the best type of cross training shoe for shin splints and flat feet?

Anti-pronation: If you go to a running store and ask to see anti-pronation running shoes, these will potentially address your problem; new balance is just one example of a brand that makes them. ...Read more

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If I get horrible shin splints, it be shoes I am wearing?

If I get horrible shin splints, it be shoes I am wearing?

Shin splints: Yes if they r worn out. If sneakers lose there cushion and support you can develop shin splints. ...Read more

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Someone suggested I give the skechers toning shoes a go for my shin splints. Do they really work?

Someone suggested I give the skechers toning shoes a go for my shin splints. Do they really work?

Not really: If toning leg muscles could happen just from wearing shoes.... It is too good to be true. Walking and exercise will serve you better. Toning shoes have somewhat a rocker sole, making it wobbly under you and the theory is, that makes your muscles work harder in standing and walking. For those with balance issues (as seen in the elderly) this increases your fall risk. Not recommended. ...Read more

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How do you get rid of shin splints? Change shoes?

One option: "shin splints" can mean a variety of problems such as insertional tendonitis, periostitis, stress reaction. Shoe changes, particularly if pain started after a change in shoes can be helpful. Most quality running stores can evaluate shoe types. Pt, orthotics, rest, nsaids, accupuncture (and occasionally surgery) all all treatment options. ...Read more

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Does wearing a sleeve while running help comfort the pain of shin splints or am I better off buying a new pair of shoes?

Both help: Wearing a sleeve keeps the muscle warm and against the bone which reduces pain and swelling. New shoes help to realign your feet so less stress is placed on the shin bone and the muscles attached to it. Look for motion control or stability shoes like brooks beast or asic gts. Also otc inserts like super feet can help support your arch which in turn help stabilize your ankle and shin bone. ...Read more

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Can you run through shin splints? I have taken 3 weeks off from running, went to physical therapy, tried ice, heat, compression and new shoes.

Can you run through shin splints? I have taken 3 weeks off from running, went to physical therapy, tried ice, heat, compression and new shoes.

Imaging indicated: Shin Splints can encompass several similar entities: stress injury or stress fracture of the tibia (large prominent leg bone); medial tibial stress syndrome (MTSS); exertional compartment syndrome. Xrays may be indicated if now chronic or recurrent symptoms are present. MRI is often helpful when trying to ascertain extent and exact degree of bony (if any) involvement. Further evaluation warranted. ...Read more

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Is 60-80km too far to walk if you are prone to shin splints?

Pace and distance: You must work up to it. Stretch before and after and apply ice for 20 minutes after. ...Read more

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How do you prevent shin splints from walking?

How do you prevent shin splints from walking?

Conditioning: Shin splints are due to swelling of the muscle next to the shin bone in its tight compartment after exercise. With proper exercise condition and stretching you can improve this and eventually eliminate it altogether. It will especially be bothersome if you do unaccustomed walking up and down hills or infrequent running. Nsaid pretreatment can cut down the symptoms. ...Read more

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How do you get rid of shin splints? Stop or walk around?

How do you get rid of shin splints? Stop or walk around?

Rest: I would recommend ice, rest, stretching and nsaids
if activity exacerbates the pian that exercise should
be avoided. Sometimes shoes or foot problems could
be a factor. ...Read more

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I get shin splints every time I walk. (i am diabetic if that matters in this situation). How can I prevent this from happening every time?

Shin splints: This condition is often more about the shoes you wear. I would recommend finding a shoe store that can measure your gait and watch you walk to find the right shoes to prevent shin splints. A good podiatrist may also be of assistance with this. ...Read more

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I got shin splints. How long should I rest before starting? I've lost close to 40lbs walking. I hate to be off very long. I got a bike to mix it up some

Variable: Shin Splints can be difficult to heal. Depending on the severity you may need to be off a feww days to as much as six months. Congratulations on your weight loss. Don't let the shin splints get you down or off track. Definitely do not try to go back too soon or it will get worse and take longer to heal. Concentrate on non weight bearing activities. Biking could be ok. ...Read more

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How do I prevent shin splints when resuming walking at the track?

How do I prevent shin splints when resuming walking at the track?

Shin splints: If you are walking or running for exercise you need to do adaequte stretching before and after activity. Icing the shins after a workout and taking a short course of anti-inflammatory like alleve or advil (ibuprofen) should help. To prevent further bouts, see a podiatrist. You may need an orthotic in your shoe to prevent recurrence. ...Read more

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Got shin splints trying to walk fast to catch a plane. Actually slowed me down. Any way to avoid?

Got shin splints trying to walk fast to catch a plane. Actually slowed me down. Any way to avoid?

Compartment syndrome: It sounds like you may be describing an acute episode of exercise-induced exertional compartment syndrome (eiecs) rather than shin splints. Did the tightness and pain rapidly resolve once excessive exertion ceased? A lack of actual bone pain and moreso pain over the bulging, tight muscle belly of the anterior and lateral (front/side) of your leg is also more indicative of eiecs. ...Read more

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I thoughtihad really bad shin splints so I didn't play any soccer for a week and it still hurts2 walk could it be a sfx? The pain is right on the bone

I thoughtihad really bad shin splints so I didn't play any soccer for a week and it still hurts2 walk could it be a sfx? The pain is right on the bone

It could be.: It could be a stress fracture. Shin splints however can be painful for a significant period of time so it could still be pain from shinsplints. If pain persists an x-ray or another diagnostic study might be needed. ...Read more

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Pain in shins when I walk, feels like sore muscles after working out. Could this be shin splints and if so how do I treat them?

Shin splints: Certainly this could be shin splints but I would also investigate the possibility of a stress fracture as well I would obtain a bone scan or MRI of the lower leg to document the condition and I would also investigate if you have flat feet and a collapsed arch as this may contribute to you symptoms and if you address the feet your problem if it is shin splints will go away and not be a recurrent pr. ...Read more

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I keep getting shin splints every time I play soccer or run for a long time. I'm 28 yrs old, weigh 189.5 lbs. I have to take a break for atleast 2 weeks. Before my pain goes away...Walking with the splints is difficult. Is this happenign because of lack of

If: If the pain occurs with running on the inside of your shin and doesn't linger too long or hurt so much that you limp it is probably "shin splints" or periostitis as opposed to stress fracture. If it is locally very tender and causing limp you should see a doctor. Periositis is often caused by excessive pronation overworking your tibialis posterior muscle. Stretching your calf, strengthening your tibialis posterior (medial side of your ankle), and wearing motion control shoes possibly with additional arch support may help. Weakness in the muscles that externally rotate your hip can also contribute. A physical therapist could help you with these exercises. If despite this no improvement, would check with sports doctor. ...Read more

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Can a person with a tibial or a fibula stress fracture (shin splints) still walk or is almost impossible?

Can a person with a tibial or a fibula stress fracture (shin splints) still walk or is almost impossible?

Depends: This would depend on the amount of pain and the severity of the shin splints. Some people with shin splints can still run, while others will really struggle to even walk. I would recommend that you see an orthopedist for evaluation/treatment if your symptoms are really severe. ...Read more

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What is the best way to relieve pain for shin splints?

What is the best way to relieve pain for shin splints?

Shin splints: If you are walking or running for exercise you need to do adaequte stretching before and after activity. Icing the shins after a workout and taking a short course of anti-inflammatory like alleve or advil (ibuprofen) should help. To prevent further bouts, see a podiatrist. You may need an orthotic in your shoe to prevent recurrence. ...Read more

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What is the best recomendation for shin splints which have lasted over two months?

What is the best recomendation for shin splints which have lasted over two months?

Shin pain: The pain could be several things. The most severe would be a stress fracture. This is usually manifested by very localized tenderness, as opposed to other causes which would be more generalized pain. "shin splints" and other inflammatory issues such as periostitis and medial distal tibial stress syndrome can be just as painful, but are less serious as they generally do not lead to more severe complications. If left untreated, a stress fracture in the tibia can progress to a full blown fracture. The best thing for you to do is have an xray and an evaluation from an orthopedic surgeon. Not all stress fractures will show up on an initial xray, and sometimes bone scans or mris are needed if indicated. Regardless of the diagnosis, cross training with lower impact exercise is suggested (swimming, aqua jogging, biking, elliptical, etc.). ...Read more

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Shin splints -- which is best ice or heat?

Shin splints -- which is best ice or heat?

Ice: Acute phase of treatment options include resting and applying ice. Therapy option includes physical therapy modalities such as ultrasound, whirlpool baths, phonophoresis, augmented soft tissue mobilization, electrical stimulation, and unweighted ambulation. ...Read more

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What is the best way to treat shin splints?

What is the best way to treat shin splints?

Less impact activity: Shin splints (tibial stress reaction or stress fracture) result from overuse. This can be with regards to varibles of excessive running intensity, excessive mileage or duration. The first line treatment is to limit the most likely causative variable, allow more rest, ice, and nsaids, nd evn iimaging is indicated when symptoms fail to resolve within a week or so of implementing controls on activity. ...Read more

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What is the best solution for shin splints?

What is the best solution for shin splints?

Less impact activity: Shin splints (tibial stress reaction or stress fracture) result from overuse. This can be with regards to varibles of excessive running intensity, excessive mileage or duration. The first line treatment is to limit the most likely causative variable, allow more rest, ice, and nsaids, nd evn iimaging is indicated when symptoms fail to resolve within a week or so of implementing controls on activity ...Read more

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What is the best way to heal my shin splints?

Treatment depends...: "shin splint" typically refers to pain on the front of the lower leg, . Pain in this area may come from medial tibial stress syndrome (mtss), stress fractures, or compartment syndrome. Identifying the underlying reason for your pain will guide a specific plan of care. Treatments usually consist of rest, stretching, ice, massage, or orthotics. (drmarkgalland. Com). ...Read more

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What is the best way to alleviate shin splints pain in a 5th grader child?

What is the best way to alleviate shin splints pain in a 5th grader child?

Diet: Like so many answers in this forum, high calorie malnutrition is the major cause of this simply because it interferes with energy metabolism. See a nutritionist. ...Read more

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What's the best way to prevent shin splints?

Stretch: Also, good shoes, and more stretching. One needs to stretch the front and back of the shin and sometimes work on strengthening the muscles in front of the shin. Calf muscles are commonly stronger and this imbalance may be one of the causes of shin splints. The surface you exercise and the shoes you wear can also be a factor. ...Read more

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What is the best way to prevent shin splints/shin pain?

Warm up, good shoes: Probably the best ways are stretching and
warming up. Make sure your shoes are not
worn out and you don't need orthotics for your feet.
When you start to get pain along the shins
try using ice massage on the area along with
rest. ...Read more

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I just started swimming and strangely, I now have shin splints. How is this possible? What is the best way to treat them?

Leg pain: Leg pain with swimming is probably secondary to muscle overuse with more kicking than you are used too. Best to build up gradually. ...Read more

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Splint (Definition)

A splint can be any type of external protection device designed to shield a bone or joint from injury. It may be used prophylactically to prevent injury or protect an injured bone or ...Read more


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Shin Splints (Definition)

An acute pain in the shin and lower leg caused by prolonged running, ...Read more