Legs Hurt While Running? Here's How Forefoot Running Helps!

Is it Faster to Run on Your Forefoot? YES!

26/03/2024 Bretta Riches 0

There are certain factors at work that make forefoot running more economical than heel strike running. One proven factor is that landing forefoot-first enhances the leg’s spring compression, meaning the leg is more spring-enabled. This was found to dramatically reduce muscle energy costs, which puts you in a much stronger economic position. At the same time, forefoot running also does a better job at preventing increases in impacts from spreading out onto the rest of the leg and body.

Does Forefoot Running Prevent Injury?

Is Forefoot Running Faster than Heel Strike Running?

04/02/2024 Bretta Riches 0

One prominent example the research has provided us is forefoot running is actually faster than heel strike running, even for the marathon, because the mechanical components that are specifically engaged when a forefoot strike is employed allows the Achilles tendon and the arch of the foot to function better at storing and releasing energy-saving elastic power. The big advantage of this is the muscles use less energy to push the body forward through each step as compared with heel strike running, which relies on the knees to handle the bulk of the mechanical work. This is one reason over-use injuries at the knee are steadily high in heel strike runners, regardless of cushioned footwear!

Why is Running On Your Forefoot Better for Long Distances?

Why is Running On Your Forefoot Better for Long Distances?

28/01/2024 Bretta Riches 0

One of the many reasons forefoot running sustains most safely on the body and more efficiently than heel strike running across all distances is by engaging a significantly higher degree of smoothness in foot-placement at landing, which not only was found to reduce surface forces, over-striding, over-pronation and brake loads, it also made the arch better at loading more energy-saving elastic power, which enabled the foot to spring up with minimal muscular effort at each step.

Is Heel Strike Running Faster?

Is Heel Strike Running Faster? No!

09/01/2024 Bretta Riches 0

The two main reasons heel strike running is slower than forefoot running is that for one, too much muscle energy is needed to drive the elogated stride thats tied to disrupting the natural spring properties of the leg and foot. For another, heel strike running and foot overpronation go hand-in-hand because its a natural component of the heel-to-toe movement path of the foot after touchdown. This not only projects excessive bending and twisting strain up the leg, it also impairs the stretch-shortening cycle of the Achilles tendon, thereby limiting elasticity effectiveness as well as increasing energy costs.

Is Forefoot Running Faster Than Heel Strike Running?

Is Forefoot Running Faster Than Heel Strike Running?

06/06/2022 Bretta Riches 0

Forefoot running is faster than heel strike running because it enhances the energy-saving spring properties of the Achilles whereas heel strike running negatively alters the spring properties of the tendon, resulting in more costly muscular efforts to propel the body forward.