Shin splints are one of the more common running injuries, estimated to account for around one in seven running-related injuries. Although a range of factors are thought to lie behind the condition, shin splints can be particularly problematic for newer runners.
But shin splints are no reason to give up running. We’ve brought together a selection of the best products to treat your shin injury, support your recovery and get you back to enjoying injury-free running.
You'll find some great running products in the Shin category at RUNNINGINJURY. Take a look at these brands: Craghoppers, Hilly socks, K-active, Linebreak, Lp supports, Mark todd, Mueller, Pro-tec, Salomon, Ultimate performance, Vulkan. Please drop us a line if you can't find the product you're after.
The term shin splints does not precisely describe a specific running injury. Instead, it covers a range of pains relating to the shin, the large lower leg bone called the tibia.
Shin splints most commonly refers to what is medically known as medial tibial stress syndrome. The pain is generally, but not always, felt on the medial side – the inside of the leg, facing the other leg.
While the immediate cause of such pain is not entirely clear, a range of factors are thought to contribute to shin splints. As with many injuries, overuse may be important, with sufferers often having sharply increased mileage, changed to running on hard surfaces or excessively stepped up their hill running programme. Beginners and overpronators may also be particularly susceptible, as well as those with tight, inflexible Achilles, calves and plantar muscles or a weak core.
A further issue for consideration is running shoes. If runners are wearing inappropriate or worn out shoes, that can increase the risk of shin splints. It can also contribute to poor running style, again increasing the possibility of injury.
Switching to more suitable running shoes is therefore an obvious way to tackle a shin splints problem. At RUNNING INJURY, you can find a great selection of running shoes, from minimalist shoes to cushioned shoes, performance shoes to stability shoes, and not forgetting a wide range of trail shoes for those who prefer to run off-road.
Take a look at our dedicated running shoe store, starting by selecting one of the categories on the right side of this page.