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 you DON’T want to land on first when running is under the big toe! Landing big toe-first when running was found to be a costly mechanical mistake directly linked to bony fractures in the foot as well as ankle sprains! To avoid this injurious scenario, making initial ground-contact under the 4th and 5th toes (lateral forefoot) when running was proven to be a safer landing strategy, even safer than landing heel-first (heel strike). Read more here on the mechanical relevance and advantages of initially touching-down under the 5th toe, not the big toe in forefoot 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