There’s a special relationship between the very first contact-point of the foot with the ground and injury in running. The formal description of a proper forefoot strike landing in running involves making initial ground-contact towards the outer-side of the forefoot, just under the 5th toe. Landing in this precise way proved to be effective for dispersing foot strain over a larger area, thereby preventing peak pressures from exceeding normal on the foot. Read more here about the advantages and the mechanical relevance of making initial-ground contact 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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