Orthotics provide additional shock absorption and foot padding, protecting you from shin splints, among other injuries. This article will help clarify which type is the best for you. When your body is in motion, your feet act as shock absorbers. When they stop absorbing shock so well, you can develop shin splints due to the added strain. The shape of the strength, mobility, and arches of your feet can affect your capacity to absorb shock, which determines your vulnerability to shin splints. However, shock absorption problems are just one possible cause of shin splints.