Shin Injury From Forefoot Running? Try Widening Your Step-Width

Shin Injury From Forefoot Running? Try Widening Your Step-Width

Of course there are different attributes that causes running-related shin injury, but running with a narrow step-width (cross-over footsteps) is intrinsically linked to pain-inducing surges in tibial (shin) compression and over-tension. With that in mind, if you’re not making enough progress in healing your shin splints with forefoot running, try adjusting your footstep-width. On the left, shows a narrow step-width which may unleash a multitude of physical forces implicated in momenting shin pain whereas consistently, the data shows that widening your step-width (shown right) may have a direct effect of reducing stress and strain on the shins during running and may make a big difference in bringing you closer to a full resolve of chronic shin splints. 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