No doubt a familiar topic to all whether you have experienced it yourself or not.
I have had shin splints for 2 years now. The pain was at its worst summer just past when I could not even walk without pain.
I have been religiously stretching my calves for 8 months now and I started strengthening exercises for my calves too. I can play hockey pain free and I have always used fitted trainers (not worn out). I can walk about day to day with no pain and an x-ray revealed no bone damage. I wear fitted insoles to stabalise my heel/stop my foot rolling in while walking. Gait analysis revealed I have a good stride but my cadance is at 160ish and I do heel strike mostly...
I started a simple return to running programme with day 1: 5 min walk, 3x alternating 1 min jog, 1 min walk, 5 min cool down walk. Within the 1st 1 min jog the shin pain was back.
I am desperate to erradicate the shin slints for good and be able to go for a run, but nothing has helped me so far.