Most recreational runners heel strike, and suffer many injuries per year. Decades of research has clearly demonstrated that the mechanical variables of heel strike running causes injuries, such as runners knee, shin splints, lower back pain, tibial stress fracture and many, many more.
Researchers developed a model explaining how heel strike running can result in a shattered femur.
Virtually any runner who runs with a heel strike, is at a significant risk of injury as compared with runners who use a forefoot strike landing….
Credible evidence suggests that heel striking when running is most likely the reason you have an injured Achilles tendon.
Elastic therapeutic tape is used to improve gait efficiency in heel strikers, however implementing forefoot running maximizes elasticity of the leg far better.
We’ve heard of runners knee being more common in heel strike running than in forefoot strike running, but heel strike runners have another injury to worry about and that is persistent ankle pain, especially when they run at faster running speeds. How do we know this?