Many newbie forefoot runners land big-toe-first which is a costly mechanical mistake directly linked to bony fractures in the foot as well as ankle sprains in running! To avoid this injurious scenario, making initial ground-contact under the 5th toe in forefoot running is a safer landing strategy proven to ease strain off the foot/ankle complex. Read more here on the mechanical relevance and advantages of initially touching-down under the 5th toe, not the big 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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