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Facts on Foot Strike– Does It Matter If You Run with a Heel or Forefoot Strike?

Posted on 18 May 2012

The minimalist movement of the last few years has gotten runners focused on their feet. Many now know what research has shown: Foot-strike patterns are variable, and the specific interaction between the foot and the ground is influenced by multiple factors like speed, surface and footwear. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that there’s a general lack of consensus on just what one’s feet should be doing while one is running. The question arises: Does foot-strike type even matter?

The following excerpt from the new book, Tread Lightly: Form, Footwear, and the Quest for Injury-Free Running, is a thorough investigation of all aspects of the foot strike. The excerpt, by Peter Larson, can be found here, as it’s featured in the June 2012 issue of Running Times Magazine.

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