Is Forefoot Running More Economical than Heel Strike Running?

Is Forefoot Running More Economical than Heel Strike Running?

It turns out forefoot running may naturally engage the mechanical components for increased elastic power in the Achilles tendon. These mechanical components include increased plantar-flexion (forefoot points down) and increased knee flexion (knee bending) prior to and at touchdown as well as heel lowering (2) shortly after the forefoot strikes the ground. Collectively, these mechanical outputs slacken the Achilles tendon which was found to load more elastic strain or potential energy through the tendon. Read more here!

Bretta Riches

"I believe the forefoot strike is the engine of endurance 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.
Bretta Riches