Shin splints are caused by an excessive amount of force on the shin bone and the tissues that attach the shin bone to the muscles around it. This excessive force makes the muscles swell up, which in turn puts extreme pressure up against the shin bone. They are often caused by runners who increase their running distances dramatically. The extra amount of heavy duty work can work up the wear and tear on the shins.
If you are new to running the wise thing to do is to push up your mileage gradually and let your legs adjust along the way. Trying to get out there and run very long distances right away could put too much stress on your legs as well as your other muscles. Other causes of shins splits are muscle imbalance in the legs, lack of stretching, and worn out shoes that aren’t giving you the support you need.
Shin splints are one of the most common injuries facing runners and can usually be self-treated. I don’t need to tell you that I’m not a doctor, however, and if the pain is dogging you, you should consult your doctor.
Now there are shin/calf sleeves that are very effective at preventing and treating shin splints, and you should consider investing in those if you are suffering from shin splints. The running shoes you wear are essential as well. Getting running shoes that help even out the shock can help alleviate shin splint problems.
The main things to look for when you need a running shoe that addresses shin splints are cushioning and support. The right cushioning is, of course, paramount for any running shoe, but if you are trying to solve the problem of shin splints, you’ll want extra cushioning. This helps absorb the shock of your foot, striking the ground and keeps that shock from kicking you in your shins.
Stability in the shoe helps your stride complete itself naturally. This also helps keep unnecessary stress off your legs.
With all that said here are the best women’s running shoes for shin splints.
Saucony Cohesion 10
- An excellent choice for you if you are a beginner
- Tends to be a comfortable fit for any foot size
- Heel grid system delivers excellent cushioning
- Mesh upper allows for exceptional breathability
Brooks Adrenaline GTS 19
- Built if you have flat to moderate arches in your feet
- BioGoMode DNA and DNA loft cushioning deliver exceptional cushioning underfoot
- GuideRails holistic support system gives support to keep your knees healthy
- Lightweight at about 9.6 oz
Saucony Omni 16
- 8 mm offset in the heel delivers a balanced impact for your stride
- Lightweight material in the upper parts of the shoe allows for great flexibility
- Great traction system installed in the bottom of the foot
- SAUC-FIT for a highly adaptable, dynamic fit in the mid-foot
ASICS Gel Kayano 25
- Designed for low arches and overpronating
- Guidance line technology delivers enhanced gait efficiency and also midfoot structural integrity
- Jacquard mesh upper allows the shoe to stretch and adapt to the foot
- Impact Guidance System enhances your foot's natural gait from heel to toe
ASICS Gel-Nimbus 20
- Designed for the average or neutral arch
- Flytefoam Midsole technology gives you bounce back and responsiveness for any distance you want to run
- Fluidride midsole provides you balanced cushioning and bounce back
- Maintains exceptional durability