A central feature of a proper forefoot strike landing pattern in running is initial ground-contact is made under the 5th toe, NOT the first toe. Landing firstly on the ground towards the most outer-side of the forefoot during running secures better balance control at the ankle and keeps bending strain and peak pressures low on the foot. Read more here about the additional advantages and mechanical relevance of making initial ground-contact under the 5th toe in forefoot 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.
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