Forefoot Strike Running May Prevent IT Band Injury

Forefoot Strike Running May Prevent IT Band Injury

Several studies have connected forefoot strike running with two mechanical outputs that may reduce IT band strain: a shorter stride length and a larger step-width (the distance in width between both feet at each step). These two mechanical outputs naturally occur when you land with a forefoot strike when you run and has a large effect of correcting mechanical entanglements of the leg. In this capacity, bending strain and loading overexposure on the IT band may be prevented, but what’s most essential is that this is how forefoot running may make the IT band less vulnerable to the ravages of high intensity running on the roads and hilly, uneven terrain. 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