Posted: 28/12/2013 at 18:15
I'm replying as I'm just getting back from shin splints myself.
The obvious culprit would be the skipping, especially if you're a heel sticker and you're then bouncing on the ball of your foot. The floor of the gym can also be a factor. A sprung dance floor is going to give you more cushioning than concrete.
Assuming you're still sore even when walking, I'd stay off the running and also avoid any weight exercise that puts undue strain on your shins. It's taken me about 2 months to get back into minimal running.
As for suggestions, if you haven't already (and I'm no physio):
Get fitted for new running shows in a proper running shop. You don't say if you did this to get your new pair.
Massage your shins whenever you can. If you've got any muscley niggles, you want to work on the area. I've just used my fingers. You can use a tennis ball or one of those massage sticks.
Icing is good. A couple of times a day for 5-10 mins. Reduces any inflammation.
If you're experiencing pain even when walking, you might want to try an ibuprofen gel if you're not allergic.
I'd then treat your shins like royalty. Don't run, don't go on any 10 mile hikes. Once they're settled, then I'd walk longer and faster just casually. Then, and only then, would I try 1 min run, 1 min walk for say 10 mins. If okay, slowly build back up. If you have any discomfort still, get back to icing, massage and rest.
If it takes more than a couple of months and hasn't settled, get to a recommended physio.