First off -
Are you running indoors (treadmill) or outdoors (track, concrete, asphalt, etc)? Surfaces play a big role on the impact on your feet/body
Getting the strength of your tibialis up to speed really works - all the prehab - post hab treatments for a sprained ankle also work - rolling a tennis ball under your feet for fascial stretching, ankle rotations, crumpling newspaper with your toes then whole foot - all work to stretch & strengthen your feet & calves/tibs. -
In my experience I’ve found that walking/light running on an incline warming up really reduces my incidences of shin splints (btw, are you warming up enough properly?)Running downhill exacerbates shin splints since you are “braking” full bodyweight downhill
As per PF_88’s suggestion I also slide my foot under a dumbbell or plate (25/35 lber) and sit up either high enough or at a deficit & raise & lower the weight to work the tibs… Great way to increase ankle flexibility for squats as well
Lastly, look into Hog Ear’s suggestion about footwear - (I have Vibram 5Fingers myself) another culprit could be your choice of footwear or your biomechanics/footstrike pattern.
Hope you found some of this helpful
I did find it helpful, thank you very much:)
I’ve been looking into those vibram 5 Finger shoes…I’ve found a shoe store about 30 min from where i live that has them, so I might check them out this weekend.
I’ve stopped sprinting for now, and starting doing single legged calf raises on my stair case, standing barbell calf raises (barefoot), and seated toe raises with a 35 lb plate on the front of my foot.
I’ve mainly been running on pea-gravel or grass, and occasionally the track…no pavement or even black top.
Oh, and I’ve been wearing a set of really good New Balance running shoes with a build in “roll bar” to keep my heels from moving around too much. They also have some good padding too.
Thanks a lot for all the help guys;)
I’ll let you know how it goes.