While I was running with my client using the Couch to 5K app, I got caught up in how my feet should be placed? You know, the heel to toe concept, on the balls of your feet with your heels up? What is truly the best way to land during my strides and more importantly my clients. Not being a “runner” I thought I would hit the books and review studies to better accommodate our bodies during our future runs…
Let’s see what the experts have to say…
** To prevent injuries to your lower body, use a mid-foot strike, and avoid hitting the ground with your heel. This allows your foot to land directly under your hip as you drive your body forward. A heel strike may cause your leg to slow down your stride and stress your knees.
After much research and reading studies I am comfortable with my FFS (Front Foot Strike) approach. As long as you are not experiencing any issues ie: shin splints, injuries to your hips, knees and feet, keep doing you.
While research in this field is still ongoing, a number of studies report the benefits of landing first on the middle or front of your feet when running. You should land mid-sole and then roll through to the front of your toes.