Advice for anyone who suffers from shin splints!! There seems to have been a lot of threads on shin splints recently and I know I have contributed to a couple of them. Until recently I had suffered from severe shin pain post exercise and ended up only being able to run only once or twice a week, then having to rest to ease the pain before running again. Ive tried physiotherapy/massage, orthotics, brufen, motion control running shoes, running on softer surfaces, shin splint prevention/strengthening exercise - every fckn method known to mankind!! In the end however, all it took was a change in the type of running shoes I use and I am 100% percent cured!! Let me explain I visited a reputable running store, where they checked my footstrike, running gait and asked about my type of running and mileage. I am fairly flat footed and over-pronate too, so with this in mind I was advised to buy a pair of Saucony Grid Omni running shoes - I checked the online reviews and found them to be a popular choice amongst moderate overpronators who run middle - long distance. The inside of each shoe has a greyed out area from the heel to the ball of the foot and this area is rigid (instead of the normal cushioned sole) to correct your foot alignment when running. I believe that it is this rigid area, which caused the pain after running for me. After listening to lots of advice and trying everything I could to cure the pain, I finally opted to buy another pair new running shoes (gutted considering the Saucony were brand new and cost nearly £100!!!). I decided to go for Asics 1120 Gel running shoes, which like the Saucony, are designed for moderate over-pronators. They are very similar runniung shoes and the Asics also have the greyed out area at the side of the shoe, however this bar id half the length which means that the heel area in particular is all gel cushioning - I believe its this which has made all the difference for me!! To top it all off, I have now added a pair of sorbothane insoles and its not only completely cured the pain but has also improved my performance. Basically the point is its not always expensive orthotics, worn out running shoes, overtraining etc etc that can cause this condition - sometimes it can just be the wrong make of shoe for your body. So if your buying new running shoes or your currently suffering from shin splints, take this into consideration and see if it makes a difference. Cheers Spenny Its worth noting that Im not in any way having a dig at Saucony, who make great running shoes - they obviously just dont work very well with my body and my running style.