Forefoot Strike Running May Prevent IT Band Injury

Forefoot Strike Running May Prevent IT Band Injury

How can forefoot strike running reduce the risk of IT band pain and injury? Landing with a forefoot strike during running instantly mobilizes an initial foot strike placement that lands either on or just slightly away from the mid-line. This means that step-width becomes widened and stride length becomes shortened too, all of which has a well-known effect of reducing bending loads and strain off the IT band. Read more here about how forefoot strike running can instantly align your leg swing mechanics into a functional assembly that may prevent IT band syndrome as compared with heel strike running.

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