a reply to: RomaSempre
There could be myriad causes of it--sometimes even switching surfaces (like road to trail, or treadmill to road/trail) can cause it to happen.
Calves being too tight can also be an underlying cause, so focusing on increasing that flexibility a bit may help.
IMO, though, one of the biggest causes is incorrect shoe selection. If you have not done so, I would suggest having your running gait assessed by a
good, reputable running store and understanding if you need a support, neutral, or cushion running shoe. And even then, different brands can cause be
better than others when you are prone to such injuries.
The other biggest cause would be running form--most people don't run properly, either because they've been told wrong or just haven't paid attention.
Not all runners' body mechanics are the same, and some are natural heal strikers, mid-foot runners, or fore-foot runners, as well as over-pronators
and under-pronators. It may be in your best interest to find a decent running coach, probably through said reputable running store, to help you figure
out what is best for you.
And then, of course, there is rest--rest is the best thing when you have chronic shin splints. If you don't rest, they will never properly heal and
can actually become much worse.
Over the past 10 years or so since I've been running relatively consistently, I've switched running form, shoe-support types, and shoe brands many
times. I've tried everything from high heel-to-toe drops all the way down to running for a while on trails in Vibram Five Finger shoes (which didn't
work well for me). Right now, I run in Brooks Ghosts--they have worked well for me for quite a while.
Unfortunately, it's all game of trial and error until you find what works for you, but a good running coach or running store can take a lot of the
initial guess-work out of the equation and get you on the right track.
Foam rollers can work well for this type of injury, too, and you would do well to roll your entire legs, from hips on down, to promote the best
flexibility possible--I'm willing to bet that you have tight calves, and if your calves are tight, you're probably tight all over.
I wish you the best of luck in figuring it out. If all else fails, go to a podiatrist, like Assassin82 says.
edit on 14-5-2018 by SlapMonkey because: (no reason given)