Shin splints can either be bone related or muscle related--and depending on the type you have will determine the treatment.
And because we really don't know what causes them--everything from shoes to our running surface has been blamed, but there is really no proof that any of these things cause them.
According to the data, we do know that women are 2-3 times more likely than men to get them and that shin splints tend to be more prevalent in new runners
The new theory is believed that they are caused "from repeated stress to the bone during running, caused not by straight-on impact, but a slight bending of the bone when it is loaded." John Davis
Building up the muscles, bones and connective tissues is one sure way to help, but also shortening your stride--in other words do not reach too far out in front of you with your lead leg so that you land in front of your body's center of gravity. You want to land just below your hips.
This is going to take time. This is why it is very important as a new runner not to run daily and to allow some time to build up the muscles and connective tissues in order to run. Exercises such as towel scrunches, marble picks, alphabet traces, toe walks and heel walks as well as calf strengthening exercises may help.
Lastly, you do not want to run with shin pain. The reason--many times shin splints can be a more serious condition known as a stress fracture, therefore, running through pain may be creating a bigger problem.
Rest, ice, elevate and compress.
RUN SPARK STRONG!
Coach Nancy runnersconnect.net/running-injury-preventi