Heel strike running was found to increase rapid contractions in the anterior tibialis (the muscle that runs down the front of the shin) which was found to be a risk factor for shin splints as compared with forefoot running.
Heel strike runners who suffer shin splints may benefit from switching to forefoot running because it was found to demonstrate the strong positive effect of easing physical strain off the shins, especially at faster running speeds.
If you’re not making enough progress in healing your shin injury with forefoot running, try widening your step-width when you run as it was found to produce measurable effects in significnatly reducing pain-inducing tibial (shin) compression and tension stress.
Landing lower on your forefoot coupled with letting your heel drop down to the ground after touchdown was found to be essential in preventing impact pressure loads from crashing into the shin during forefoot running and may therefore, help reduce the risk of shin injury.
I was desperate for shin splints help when I first transitioned from heel heel strike running to forefoot strike running, but I was surprised to see that…
What do you need to do if you suffer from runners shin pain? Swing your leg higher up behind your body when you run.
As soon as I switched from heel strike running to forefoot strike running I felt miserable because I struggled with chronic pain on the side of the shin bone, also known as medial tibial stress syndrome and medial shin splints.