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June 4, 2012 8:12 AM
I've been having a lot of foot issues as of late.... ankle, heel, and outer foot pain into my toes. I have an appointment to see a podiatrist in a month. I've also been known to get shin splints as I increase my distance.

For those of you who get shin splints, what shoe worked best for you?

Shannon
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June 4, 2012 8:13 AM
Vibrams! I went from debilitating shin splints to no shin pain literally overnight. Total convert.
  6493686
June 4, 2012 8:14 AM
Go to a specialty running store. They will find you a great shoe for the shape of your foot and your running goals. What works for one won't work for another.
June 4, 2012 8:15 AM
Just don't run :)
  4319787
June 4, 2012 8:17 AM
depends on your foot/body specifically. Go to a store and get fitted for shoes and also try on some vibrams. The running style is different (heel strike vs. toe strike) but its worth comparing. Shin splints can also be a result of adding on too many miles to quickly. To help alleviate the pain, spell out the alphabet in cursive with each foot while sitting down.
  933672
June 4, 2012 8:20 AM
QUOTE:

Vibrams! I went from debilitating shin splints to no shin pain literally overnight. Total convert.


^^ This! I made the switch 3 years ago. No more knee, shin splint or foot issues. Amazing results. That being said, get the all clear from your doctor first and consider going to a specialty running store to be fitted properly.
June 4, 2012 8:20 AM
I would go to speciality store and get your feet fitted for the proper shoe.
You may over pronate, have high arches, or flat feet so what works for one person might not be the best choice for you.
I suffer from them on my right leg, I do calf stretches, hamstring stretches and ice, rest, ice rest....and I don't eve run, just very brisk walking!
June 4, 2012 8:20 AM
the opposite of vibrams!! tongue

I needed major physio and weight training after pulling a calf muscle when I switched to vibrams - what I should have done is go to a running shop for gait analysis and got the inward-collapse-supporting shoes I really needed.

that, plus learning to run with my feet further apart seems to have fixed it... (they were crazy close together before, I used to catch my shoe against the inside of my calf the whole time, now it's more normal)
Edited by mikes99mail On June 4, 2012 8:21 AM
June 4, 2012 8:23 AM
I went to a Specialty store to get my foot looked at. Turned out I was wearing a Stability shoe, when I should have been in a neutral shoe. This helped tremondously but I let my shin splints go on for too long without resting them...and now I am dealing with issues from a stress fracture :/ Definately rest. I ended up going with Asics 33 Series (their newest line) I might consider trying on Vibrams, but I can't get over the ugliness of them :S
  3047269
June 4, 2012 8:25 AM
It's likely more than just your shoes. I typically run in New Balance Minimus and have been pain free ever since I got them. They helped me learn how to be less of a heal striker. I also got so sick of shin splints I now only run 1.5-2 miles 3-4 times a week and mainly lift weights. By running LESS it's actually easier and less painful now.
June 4, 2012 8:25 AM
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the opposite of vibrams!! tongue

I needed major physio and weight training after pulling a calf muscle when I switched to vibrams - what I should have done is go to a running shop for gait analysis and got the inward-collapse-supporting shoes I really needed.


Did you ease into your Vibrams? The company as well as my running store recommended starting with 10% of your normal mileage and *slowly* increasing it. You do use a lot of muscles in your calves and feet that aren't otherwise exercised with a traditional shoe, so it is easy to overdo it if you don't train carefully.
  6493686
June 4, 2012 8:28 AM
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Just don't run :)


Great advice! If you ever have a cold with a stuffy nose, just don't breath smile

Anyway, have you tried running on a softer surface? I used to have some leg pain years ago then I started running on dirt. I'm not sure if it was shin splints to be honest but avoiding the pavement for a while helped.
June 4, 2012 8:31 AM
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Vibrams! I went from debilitating shin splints to no shin pain literally overnight. Total convert.


+1

Now I get shin splints if I even WALK in my "running" shoes.

I loves me my Vibrams.
  15048274
June 4, 2012 8:31 AM
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Go to a specialty running store. They will find you a great shoe for the shape of your foot and your running goals. What works for one won't work for another.


^^This...I could give you a list of at least 10 running shoes good for shin splints...but you should mos def go to a running store and have them record how you walk and run. After that a good running store will recommend probably around 3 to 4 pairs/styles for you to choose from..Once that happens...it's all about price, asthetics, and feel.
Edited by Mercenary1914 On June 4, 2012 8:31 AM
June 4, 2012 8:32 AM
Yep, you could pick 3-5 different kind that would help. I just ran a marathon in Brooks but previously used Nike Shox, loved them.

Go to a shoe store and get fitted.....
  10164498
June 4, 2012 8:32 AM
QUOTE:

Just don't run :)


^ This! I learned running doesn't agree with my body (my shins and the bones in my legs). I have found LOADS of other workouts that get a better workout overall and doesn't cause me pain (shinsplints). Not everyBODY can do every type/ style of workout.
June 4, 2012 8:34 AM
Asics stability shoes are also wonderful. My shin splints went away completely.
  6139819
June 4, 2012 8:37 AM
QUOTE:

Go to a specialty running store. They will find you a great shoe for the shape of your foot and your running goals. What works for one won't work for another.


THIS. Also, stretch calves. A LOT.
June 4, 2012 8:39 AM
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QUOTE:

Just don't run :)


^ This! I learned running doesn't agree with my body (my shins and the bones in my legs). I have found LOADS of other workouts that get a better workout overall and doesn't cause me pain (shinsplints). Not everyBODY can do every type/ style of workout.

I firmly believe that the human body was made to run, just not necessarily on such hard surfaces or with shoes that are thicker in the heel so that they cause the ankle to snap down and put extra stress on the shins. But mainly because I read a couple books about it.
June 4, 2012 8:47 AM
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Just don't run :)


Go back to your purses Troll.


Asics have helped with my running. Very Comfortable as long as you dont have wide feet.
June 4, 2012 8:58 AM
QUOTE:

QUOTE:

Just don't run :)


^ This! I learned running doesn't agree with my body (my shins and the bones in my legs). I have found LOADS of other workouts that get a better workout overall and doesn't cause me pain (shinsplints). Not everyBODY can do every type/ style of workout.


wow! Really? I hope you actually gave it a try...but sheesh to tell someone to GIVE UP?...

It's refreshing that the OP actually wants to up the distance and keep at it...Not saying you didn't try hard...but some people just do not quit because of wall....they find ways to get over it, go around it, or damnit...GO THROUGH IT!
June 4, 2012 9:03 AM
Go to a running store. I was hell bent on 0mm drop minimalist shoes.
I got a pair of brooks with a 4mm drop and some support for my collapsed arches. I never would have know if I didn't go.
  2653581
June 4, 2012 9:04 AM
My son suffered with what he thought were shin splints and was advised by running buddies to just "run through it". So he tried. Just kept getting worse. Finally went and got it checked out and had a stress fracture. Had to wear the boot for 6 weeks. As for switching to barefoot running shoes all at once, I do not advise that. I tried that myself and immediately injured my ankle and had to take about 3 weeks off. Which I hated. Best advice is go to Fleet Feet or some specialty running store and let them analyze your feet and running gait and recommend a shoe for you. I wear the Brooks Ghost 4 and they are AWESOME!
June 4, 2012 9:06 AM
bump!!! I love running but my shins KILL durning and after the workout!
June 4, 2012 9:07 AM
If you don't like the look of the FiveFingers, New Balance makes a set of "minimalist" running shoes (New Balance Minimus), but are very light weight and have almost no drop (drop between the heel and toe).

I've used both, and love both. I have plantar fasciitis, and find when I run with my minimalist style shoes, my heel hurts much less the next day then when I run with $120 asics.

Also, as some people suggest, try running more with a mid-foot strike as opposed to a heel-strike. Check out this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zSIDRHUWlVo

You don't actually have to run bare-foot to have the advantages of bare-foot style running.

Lastly, don't increase your total weekly milage more than 10% a week. It can break down your muscles over time and cause over-usage injuries!
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