forefoot strike running heel strike running leg injuryRunning on the heels causes lower leg injury.  Heel strikers who are plagued with injuries, or looking to get faster, need to run with a forefoot strike as its less forceful and the human body was designed to run this way only.

Real Runners Run on Their Forefoot, Not Their Heels

The best distance runners in the world are forefoot strikers not heel strikers, not to mention,  Alberto Salazar ensures his athletes run on their forefoot because it is much safer, more economical than heel running.

What Run Forefoot Wants YOU to Know About Running

  • running is NOT hard on the body. Running is only hard on the body if you heel strike!

Forefoot Striking is Safer Than Heel Striking

When you start running forefoot, you will notice how much more comfortable it feels compared to heel striking. This is because peak impact forces are eliminated.

Forefoot running protects the joints, muscles and bones from impact and repetitive shock all of which are present in a heel strike. Heel strikers experience countless running related injuries per year despite improvements in modern footwear that claim to have corrective properties.

The Benefits of Switching to Forefoot Running

  • running related injuries will decrease
  • longer and harder training sessions without interruption from injury

RunForefoot.com aims at educating and spreading awareness on the health harming dangers of heel striking. Most joggers are heel strikers, and most get injured.

Thus, there is strong correlation between heel striking and running injuries and thankfully, by running forefoot, leg pain, back pain and other body aches will vanish. Always remember you were born to run! Run forefoot because you are faster than you think.

More on Running Forefoot vs Heel Striking

References: (1), (2), (3), (4), (5), (6)

Bretta Riches

Bretta Riches, MSc Neurobiology, founder of Run Forefoot, an educational site on forefoot running & elite forefoot runners.

I was a heel striker who suffered countless injuries. I was inspired by the great Tirunesh Dibaba to start running forefoot, now I'm injury free and feel as if I could run forever. I launched Run Forefoot to advocate the health & performance benefits of forefoot running & to raise awareness on the dangers of heel striking.
Download PDF

Share Your Thoughts!