Forefoot running may work better at preventing shin splints than heel strike running. This is because forefoot running may do more to limit stress on the shins by increasing plantarflexion (shown above) upon and at touchdown. This reduces forefoot-slapping at touchdown which may prevent painful rises in contractions in the anterior tibialis (the muscle that runs down the front of the shin). Read more here!
BSc Neurobiology; MSc Biomechanics candidate, ultra minimalist runner & founder of RunForefoot. I was a heel striker, always injured. I was inspired by the great Tirunesh Dibaba to try forefoot running. Now, I'm injury free. This is why I launched Run Forefoot, to advocate the health & performance benefits of forefoot running and to raise awareness on the dangers of heel striking, because the world needs to know.