Brooks Beast

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Beast is for light runners too

Sep 29, 2002
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Pros:Perfect shoe to cure posterior tibial tendonitis (shin splints)even for light runners

Cons:None

The Bottom Line: This shoe is the answer for anyone, regardless of size, that has chronic posterior tibial tendonitis (shin splints on on the inside of your shins.


I'm 5'-10" and weigh 155. Very flat-footed and determined to be a "moderate pronator". I have tried running countless times only to be stopped by VERY painful shin splints (posterior tibial tendonitis). I raced bicycles for ten years and after being hit by too many cars gave it up and went back to running with a renewed conviction and lots of pain. Could not shake the shin splints. Tried everything, stretching, strengthening, massage therapy (which I still recommend) ice massage, ibuprofen, Aleve (Aleve IS better than Advil), Vioxx (made me irritable). Worked with a nationally acclaimed podiatrist in Atlanta for custom orthotics. You name it, I tried it. Still major pain.

My podiatrist still was emphatic about keeping me in a stability shoe. I inquired about motion control and his advice was it would give me achilles and plantar fascitiis (sp?) problems and I should definitely stay away from them.

I had run unsuccessfully with Asics GT-2060, Adidas Supernova, and Brooks Adrenaline. I went back to my favorite Fleet Feet and tried on countless stability shoes. Just sat there and thought "why should I buy another pair of stability shoes?" so I bought a pair of Beasts against my podiatrist's advice.

The result? I am now running without the least hint of shin splints. Don't let anyone tell you that motion control is for runners over 200#. I am light, not considered to be a severe pronator but I have had chronic injury problems in the past. The Brooks Beast has cured my problems. I still use the custom orthotics but I have NEVER been able to run pain-free and without medicine (Aleve or Advil)until I put on the Beast.

Great shoe and I recommend it to anyone with chronic shin splint problems regardless of your size.


Recommend this product? Yes


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