There are many different factors when it comes to proper footwear. One of the first steps is to make sure that your shoes fit properly. Shoes that are too tight or too loose will eventually cause problems. If you have flat feet, this can also lead to shin splints; insoles or inserts that raise the arch of the foot may be needed. Insoles that help support the heel and ball of the foot may also help prevent shin splints. The same goes for those with high arched feet; a simple insert or corrective footwear may be recommended. Orthotic shoes may be prescribed by your doctor if the shin splints are a result of a foot abnormality. Talk to your doctor about getting the right type of orthotic shoes prescribed, since there are many different types of orthopedic or orthotic shoes that benefit different needs.
Most running shoes have a mileage deadline of 300-500 miles. Once you have run past those certain amount of miles, your shoes can start to break down and lose their support. If you are having issues with shin splints, and your shoes are old and worn, replace them with a new pair. If this change doesn’t seem to have an effect on your shin splints, then sole inserts or orthotics should be considered. The surface that you run on also makes a difference in how fast your running shoes can wear down. Switching to a softer running surface will not only keep your shoes from breaking down faster, but can also help relieve the stress we put on our tibias.