Jogging style and technique: forefoot, midfoot or heel running?
Somehow everybody already heard about the different running styles, but what is this actually all about?
At forefoot running the feet hit the ground in the area of the ball. Especially sprinters, mid-distance runners and world-class pros use this technique as it is the most dynamic and fastest. Runners having problems with their calves or Achilles tendon should better abandon forefoot running. More suitable for them is heel running. Here the feet first touch the ground with the outer part of the heel. Thereby the foot turns slightly inwards and then scrolls over the whole foot. This, however, puts much more strain on the bones as compared to forefoot running; yet the Achilles tendon is protected. As hobby, marathon and long-distance runners prefer this style of running most running shoes are designed for this technique. Another alternative is midfoot running – here the whole sole hits the ground. As this style of running is highly indulgent and economic it is used especially by long-distance runners.
There is no such thing as “the” optimal running technique. Thus, you should determine your own natural style of running in a sports shop. Then you can choose the right shoes to protect your joints and tendons. Who wants to change his style of running should train this carefully to prevent injuries.
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