Start by running in lighter shoes with a flatter heel-toe ramp angle (but not necessarily minimalist models) and increasing stride cadence by shortening stride length, Dicharry says. Each of those things will help bring your footstrikes closer to your body, he says.
Heel strike or toe strike? With the fall marathon-training season in full stride, it is time once again to argue about running form. How a runner’s foot should strike the ground incites passionate debate among athletes and coaches, despite scant persuasive evidence to support either position.
A new study finds no difference in injury rates for runners in shoes with varying heel-to-toe drop, but there are other factors worth considering. A new study finds no difference in injury rates, but there are other factors worth considering.
Is It Harmful To Heel Strike When Running? By Tom Michaud, D.C. | February 24, 2014 Making initial contact with the forefoot (circle) is thought to reduce the potential for injury by improving shock absorption, and enhancing the storage and return of energy in the Achilles tendon (arrow).
An elevated heel means that the foot will have to be landing on effectively higher ground, and a big toe spring/rocker will mean on toe off we are pushing off from lower ground – together this means we are running a little uphill when airborne (our feet have to be raised a little) but downhill slope on stance.
The mid-foot strike is actually a nice marriage between the toe striker and the heel striker. It provides a slightly bigger platform for more comfort while running while not giving the stop motion that a heel striker might experience.
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Heel striking – is it really the enemy of good running form? Heel striking has had a bad press, blamed by many for a tendency to cause injury. But is forefoot running always best? We sift the evidence
Traditionally, running shoes had an increased heel-to-toe drop to guide the foot into striking mid-foot. As there has been a move towards minimalist and low heel-to-toe drop shoes, this correction is no longer standard.
Toe-running is a popular term, but it's a misnomer since few people run exclusively on their toes. More accurately, it's called forefoot striking. Whatever the name, it's one of three primary strikes that distance runners utilize: