If you’re not making enough progress in healing your shin splints with forefoot running (a running style that involves less mechanical loading on the lower leg), widening your stance-width ONLY SLIGHTLY is all it may take to make a big difference in removing high stress off the shins. Consciously aim to get your left foot to land closely under your left hip and your right foot to land closer to under your right hip as opposed to landing on or across the mid-line (i.e center of your body) when you run, can effectively help de-escalate over-strain on the shins, helping you stay on a more shin-pain-free path. Read more here about why a narrow step-width (crossover running gait) during running may cause and keep shin splints ongoing.
BSc Neurobiology; MSc Biomechanics candidate, ultra minimalist runner & founder of RunForefoot. I was a heel striker, always injured. I was inspired by the great Tirunesh Dibaba to try forefoot running. Now, I'm injury free. This is why I launched Run Forefoot, to advocate the health & performance benefits of forefoot running and to raise awareness on the dangers of heel striking, because the world needs to know.