Forefoot running in minimalist shoes, like the Lems Primal 2, may offer an antidote for severe runner’s knee, specifically outer knee pain because for one, you’ll be better connected with the ground. This helps reinforce stronger landing stability which includes more tight control of abnormal rearfoot motions that can over-tax the knee. For another, the flexible frame of a minimalist shoe promotes widespread engaging plantar (foot) muscular activity which enables all sectors of the foot, especially the pronatory muscles to quickly self-strengthen and by extension, unwanted heel motions can be more easily controllable as well! Read more here about how stiff conventional running shoes may contribute to knee pain and injury as compared with minimalist running shoes.
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.