Because there’s no quick cure-all to make shin splints vanish fast, prevention is the most important part of the equation, Carter says. To stop them before they start, it’s key to avoid large jumps in training volume. Alternate between a few pairs of running shoes, and make sure that the kind you choose fits your foot type and biomechanics. If you run on a cambered road, stay on the same side of the road on your way back, and if you run on a track, make it a point to switch directions with each lap. This will vary the stresses on your legs, and help prevent repetitive overuse.