Best Products for Shin Splints in 2022
What are Shin Splints?
Posterior = tibialis posterior
Anterior = tibialis anterior
The term “shin splints” refers to pain and tenderness along or just behind the inner edge of the tibia, the large bone in the lower leg. Shin splints–or medial tibial stress syndrome -usually develop after physical activity, such as vigorous exercise or sports. Repetitive activity leads to inflammation of the muscles, tendons, and periosteum (thin layer of tissue covering a bone) of the tibia, causing pain. The bone tissue itself is also involved.
Posterior Shin Splits occur when the periosteum of the tibia is injured when the overstressed tibialis posterior muscle pulls it away.
Anterior shin splints occur when blood flow from the anterior compartment is restricted due to hypertrophy of an overused tibialis anterior compartment.
How are shin splints caused?
- Flat feet or abnormally rigid arches
- Sudden increase in training or new vigorous impact training
- Military training
Shin splits commonly develop after sudden changes in physical activity, such as increasing the amount you run. Flat feet can also cause shin splints by increasing stress on the lower leg muscles while exercising.
Posterior shin splints: During over-pronation the tendons become stretched and tear away the small fibers of the connective tissue on your bones, causing chronic pain and inflammation.
Anterior shin splints: During over-pronation the muscle fibers near the shin are strained which causes them to swell. The swollen muscle fibers can restrict blood flow and cause severe pain due to lack of oxygen.
Shin Splints Common Symptoms
Posterior shin splints: A dull, painful sensation runs down the inside of the lower thigh. Any action will aggravate it once it has started.
Anterior shin splints: A dull, painful ache runs down the front side of the lower thigh.
How are shin splints treated?
- Several weeks of rest
- Orthotics that correct over-pronation and stop the foot from falling too far inwards
- Anti-inflammatory medications
- Icing the affected region
- Mild compression of the region
- Stretching exercises
- Warm up and stretch before exercising
- Lowered intensity of training, and stop if you feel any pain
Best Shoes for Shin Splints
We carry a wide variety of shoes and sandals for shin splints to ease your pain during any activity.
HOKA Bondi 7
Brooks Ghost 14
New Balance 990
Many of the supportive shoes we carry have great support which reduces the stress on the tibia. Additionally, we carry shoes with cushioned soles that reduce the impact on your heel which reduces the stress on the entire leg.
Best Arch Supports for Shin Splints
We have a wide variety of arch supports for shin splints than can fit into the shoes you already have!
LFS-1000 Premium Neutral Arch Support
LFS-3000 Sport Neutral Arch Support
LFS-3500 Sport Neutral Arch Support with Met Pad
Sovella Dress Arch Supports
Sovella Dress Arch Supports with Met Pad
The best arch support for shin splints will have good shock absorption, control pronation, and support the arch of the foot. We have over the counter arch supports and custom molded orthotics which help reduce the pain associated with shin splints. Make an appointment today with a specialist to find out which shin splints arch support is best for you!
Where to buy arch supports and shoes for shin splints
At Lucky Feet Shoes, we carry a wide variety of arch supports and shoes for shin splints online and in Southern California. We fit customers with arch supports and shoes for shin splints in Orange County, Inland Empire, Riverside, Temecula and Los Angeles County. Our stores in Rancho Cucamonga, Riverside, San Dimas, Anaheim Hills, Temecula, Upland, Palm Desert, Redlands, and Long Beach. We invite you to stop by for a free foot analysis and try arch supports and shoes for shin splints. In addition, we have a large selection of comfort shoes, wide shoes, walking shoes, running shoes, arch supports, and custom orthotics!