What Part of Your Foot Should You Land on When Running?

What Part of Your Foot Should You Land on When Running?

The part of your foot that lands firstly on the ground when running may have big implications to injury and performance. It turns out that making initial ground-contact under the 5th-4th toes (lateral forefoot) may be an all around safer, more functional landing strategy of the foot than striking big-toe-first, or heel-first (heel strike) when running. Read more here about the proven advantages and mechanical relevance of making initial ground-contact on the outside of the forefoot during 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