How does forefoot running minimize impact loading on the leg? Fundamentally, it’s the forefoot-to-heel (1-3) movement path of the foot in-conjunction with the help of the calves locking in stronger ankle stability as well as helping to diffuse impact more fully, that enables the landing foot to swiftly glide onto the ground with minimal jarring force and impact amplification. This is how pounding of the feet is reduced as well as damaging rises in impact loads. Read more here about why forefoot running is more effective at reducing the risk of impact-related injury as compared with heel strike running.
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.