Where you initially strike the ground on your forefoot during running has major implications to injury. Research has found that in addition to reinforcing stronger balance control at the ankle, making initial ground-contact just under the 5th toe is also effective at phasing out high bending and pressure plantar (foot) strains during forefoot running. Read more here about the advantages and mechanical relevance of landing firstly under the 5th toe, NOT the big toe when running forefoot.
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.