Best 5 Insoles for Preventing Shin Splints

Shin splints, clinically known as tibial stress syndrome, is a painful condition that occurs in a lot of people due to the inflammation of the muscles and tendons surrounding the tibia (the bone between knee and heel). This inflammation is a result of the continuous stress injury of the shin bone, tendons, and muscles  that can affect anyone who pound hard surfaces regularly such as athletes, runners, people practicing dance, aerobics, cardio and gymnastics. Low arches are another major factor putting stress on the lower leg muscles causing tenderness or a burning pain along the inner shinbone. 

Things you can do to prevent shin splints include stretching, avoiding continuous stress on feet, and changing your footwear and using shin splint insoles. For your convenience, I have compiled a list of top insoles for shin splints. This list includes insoles that ensure the proper fit, support and bio mechanics to give your feet the cushioning to absorb shock. These factors help to increase the stability of feet and hence improving balance by giving proper support across the arches of your feet.

1. Boot Insoles by EASYFEET

Best Overall

  • One year warranty
  • Shock resistance effect
  • Adjustable size
  • Gel cushioning
  • Uncomfortable in the beginning

Material: Hard TPU/cushioning layer with PU memory foam base | Arch Support: Yes | Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces | Dimensions: 3.5 x 1.4 x 10.4 inches

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 Ranking first on our list are the Boot Insoles by Easy Feet with whopping holistic features! These insoles are sanitized arch support insoles recommended by podiatrists to reduce arch pain and give you excellent relaxation and comfort. These insoles are for all sizes and for all purposes i.e. workout, hiking, running, dancing, work, casual, and really anything! 

With a shipping weight of 6.4 ounces and dimensions of 3.5 x 1.4 x 10.4 inches, these insoles come with good cushioning provided with air capsules and the deep heel cradle  with heel support allowing good posture for your feet and hence improving balance i.e. stability. The manufacturer also provides a one year guarantee to replace or refund the shoe inserts to ensure your satisfaction.

Since I didn’t really use any arch support before, I started feeling some discomfort in the initial days of using these but I realized after some time that it was normal. The pain reduced and the insoles started feeling more comfortable. With their Anti Pronation Biomechanical Reinforcement Technology these insoles provide an unparalleled level of arch support (made of quality HARD TPU and cushioning layer with PU memory foam base) with great shock resistance effect with the gel forefoot. The insoles also can be adjusted by trimming to suit your size.These also have a heat and friction minimizing smooth breathable cover to give high quality comfort to your feet!

There is a slight discomfort in the beginning of the usage and it only lasts for a while and once you live through that it is a wonderful experience! Overall, these shoe insoles are excellent value for money! They come packed with incredible features and give your feet the unmatched comfort and stability that they deserve by relieving shin splint pain! 

2. Arch Support Inserts by Nazaroo

Best Quality

  • Provides long-lasting comfort
  • Breathable fabric
  • Great arch support
  • Money back guarantee
  • Takes a little time to get used to

Material: Polyurethane foam layer/Latex Base | Arch Support: Yes | Shipping Weight: 7.7 ounces | Dimensions: 14.5 x 4.3 x 0.7 inches

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The runner up shoe insoles on our list are the Arch Support Inserts by Nazaroo. These insoles are made up of a latex pad base that keeps the insole intact during physical exertion. This layer is covered with a soft polyurethane foam that reduces the impact pressure from footing. The manufacturer provides a money back guarantee as well!

With product dimensions of 14.5 x 4.3 x 0.7 inches and a shipping weight of 7.7 ounces, the insoles come with a breathable fabric to reduce sweat production and moisture to keep your feet and shoes refreshed. To top this, these insoles have a Three-Point Mechanical Design with Deep Heel Cup which allows your foot to stay aligned and provides support to all of the sole surface. Boasting a medical-grade arch support design, these insoles from NAZAROO ensure the best possible alignment and stability to help you step with just the right pronation for better protection against and prevention of shin splints. 

My Nazaroo Shoe Insoles came with the streamlined design which was sleek and lightweight. They managed to fit into most of my shoes (including casual, work and running shoes) given the latex base which kept them from being displaced around my shoe. Moreover, the built-in silicon cushioned heel support and the polyurethane foam layer instantly absorbs the impact of weight and pressure to keep my feet comfortable and relieved from pain. The arch support from the insoles distribute the pressure and minimize pressure points. 

These shoe insoles have been extremely durable i.e. they have kept their shape without deteriorating for almost a year now! The only drawback I can possibly highlight with a plethora of good things is that it takes some time to adjust to these insoles. The first two to three days are a little uncomfortable. All in all, they are made of breathable fabric of top quality, added with a silicon pad for cushioning and great arch support. 

3. Dr. Scholl’s RUNNING Insoles

Best Support

  • Reduce shock
  • Eliminate bad odor
  • Money back guarantee
  • Can be trimmed for appropriate fitting
  • Uncomfortable in the beginning

Material: Gel | Arch Support: Yes | Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces | Dimensions: 4.8 x 2.8 x 14.2 inches

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Landing the 3rd position on this list are the Dr. Scholl’s RUNNING Insoles which are especially designed for runners to avoid the inevitable pain from shin-splints but are also suitable for regular use to avoid discomfort. 

With product dimensions of 4.8 x 2.8 x 14.2 inches and 5.6 ounces, these insoles come with Triple Zone Protection to minimize shock by 40% and aid support to feet and legs. Moreover, these have been infused with a special SweatMax technology which eliminates bad scent from feet. These insoles can be trimmed to fit shoe size and Dr. Scholl’s provides you with a “Money Back Guarantee” if the product doesn’t live up to your expectations. 

My experience with Dr. Scholl’s Insoles has been incredible given that the package included a pair of replacement insoles! The gel material really absorbs the shocks and stops the impact from affecting the foot and the leg relieving my body of the intense pressure of weight. This gel material really captures the waves of heel strike and stops its force from going through the limbs. My shoes really don’t smell anymore either!

However,the only drawback was that the initial few days were uncomfortable with the insoles but with time the deep heel cup and the ball of foot padding allowed better pressure distribution on my feet. All in all though, these insoles have been absolute saviors for my feet with their odor-neutralizing top to remain fresh and clean even after months of use. 

4. Ninjas Arch Support Shoe Inserts by Samurai Insoles

Best Lightweight

  • Biomechanically designed
  • Light-weight
  • Slim design
  • Durable
  • Arch support minimizes overtime

Material: PVA/Foam | Arch Support: Yes | Shipping Weight: N/A | Dimensions: 6.69 x 2.36 x 0.79 inches

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Ranking 4th and making it to our list by putting up quite a fight are the Ninjas Arch Support Shoe Inserts by Samurai Insoles. These insoles are specially designed by podiatrists in the USA for fatigued feet. 

With product dimensions of 6.69 x 2.36 x 0.79 inches, these insoles are low-profile and light-weight insoles that can easily be fitted into your shoes! You don’t need to cut, trim or stuff these insoles inside your shoes since the manufacturer promises the insoles to be crafted with orthotic lab precision.

These insoles have been extremely durable and they don’t smell! They have been bio mechanically designed for the ultimate comfort for feet and legs. The slim design of the insoles provides the arch support that is not too aggressive. They come for really amazing value for money as well. The Samurai insoles lay beneath the insoles I already have which gives an area of structural support to ensure proper support for my feet! I have felt great satisfaction with this product overall.

The only drawback that I encountered was that after a while the arch support minimizes and feet start aching a little. However, they have still proved durable! Overall, these insoles are a great value for your money and the quality of comfort that they bring is absolutely amazing!

5. Dr. Scholl’s SPORT Insoles

Best Relaxation

  • Massaging gel material
  • Flexible arch shell
  • Absorb shock of heel strike
  • Not too durable
  • Don’t work for everyone

Material: Gel | Arch Support: Yes | Shipping Weight: 6.6 ounces | Dimensions: 4.8 x 2.1 x 14.1 inches

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The product cherry-topping our list of specially picked insoles is the Dr. Scholl’s SPORT Insoles. These insoles have been specifically designed for people participating in physically engaging activities whereby these people experience muscular tensions and fatigue in feet and legs, ultimately leading to shin splints. Dr. Scholl’s provides you with a “Money Back Guarantee” if you’re not satisfied. Now, that’s what I call customer care! 

With a shipping weight of 6.6 ounces and product dimensions of 4.8 x 2.1 x 14.1 inches, Dr. Scholl’s Sport insoles are especially incorporated with a Massaging Gel Technology that minimizes the stress on the lower body joints, hence allowing extra moving time. These insoles provide great support and hence improved balance and stability via the Flexible Arch Shell.

Personally these insoles fit all my athletic wear be it my running shoes, court shoes, cross trainers or even my sneakers. The best part is that they can be easily trimmed to fit shoe size. These insoles were able to sufficiently reduce the muscle stress in my feet, knees and legs by absorbing shock. Moreover, I felt a great relief in my lower back fatigue as well. They promise a very durable construction which exhibits itself in the rigorous activities that one undergoes.

They are able to endure the impact and forces pushed onto my feet, thanks to the Massaging Gel composition allowing a comfortable and bouncy feel on the forefoot and heel of the insole. Lastly, the Activperform Technology minimizes the lateral movements (causing instability in motion) that sometimes trigger shin-splints.

Even though they are especially designed for sports activities, these shoe insoles started to wear out little by little within a month. And since my brother has larger feet than average, he experienced that the gel cushioning felt uncomfortable under his feet. Other than these drawbacks, these insoles were pretty good for the price that they come for and also pretty comfortable depending on what shoe-size you are!

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