I used to be a runner. And I fully intend to be one again. But the reason I gave up several years ago was severe, intractable shin splints, which made even walking around the house painful.
So I was understandably reluctant to start up again. But I have. And thanks to my physio and the man at the running shop, my legs don't hurt! Well, they do in the usual muscular areas, but not down the front.
So what did I do? I went to a reputable shoe store, run by a podiatrist who is a marathon runner. He's been doing this for many years. He measured my feet, watched me walk around in my socks, then let me try on one pair of shoes. And they fitted perfectly!
My physio told me to walk down to our local sports oval and run/walk on the grass track. I'm not allowed to break out of a slow/medium walking pace on asphalt or concrete, and all of my fast work is done on grass. I warm up by walking down to the local track (about 1 mile, so it's a long slow warmup) and then stretch. Then the walk home is a great cool down.
So there you go. I've been doing this for 2 weeks now and am so far pain free. And this is despite being the fattest and most unfit I've ever been in my life.
Just thought I'd put it out there in case there are others suffering the same fate as me. Cheers!