A compelling study in the American Journal of Sports Medicine found that forefoot running is better for the legs because it fully resolved and prevented a painful lower leg condition known as chronic exertional compartment syndrome (CECS). The study found that participants who replaced their heel strike running style with the Pose Running Technique (which involves a non-heel strike landing) showed a significant reduction in the vertical ground reaction force which directly led to a sudden drop in pain-triggering intra-compartmental pressure in the lower leg. This is why foot strike pattern really does matter in running because it’s the most influencing aspect on lower leg intramuscular pressure! Read more here!
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.