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Doctor insights on: Best Walking Shoes For Shin Splints

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Dr. Austina Cho
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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


Dr. Mark Galland
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Shin Splints (Definition)

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