What is foot strike?

Foot strike is the region of your foot that lands on the ground. It shows if you’re a heel-striker, midfoot-striker or forefoot striker.

The science behind foot strike

There has been many studies on foot strike. Here are key facts on foot strike:

  • Forefoot striking increases metatarsophalangeal and ankle joint load but decreases knee load (1)
  • Barefoot running was performed with higher cadence and shorter strides.(2)
  • Rearfoot pattern may reduce Achilles tendon stress, strain, and strain rate (3)
  • Even Kilian Jornet adapts his foot strike during a run (4)

How should I use it?

From a biomechanical point of view, rear foot striking is associated with higher knee load. On the other hand, fore foot striking creates higher mechanical constraints on the metatarsal bones (your front foot) and on Achilles tendon. Foot strike can therefore be associated with risk of injuries.

There are no clear conclusions on foot strike influence on running performance.

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How can I measure it?

There are no tools outside of running labs to measure foot strike. They usually do this with video analysis or with force plates.

Being the ultimate running wearable FeetMe Sport can measure foot strike. It is a key parameter in evaluating risk of injuries. You’ll find more details on the injuries associated with foot strike in our Injuries section.

If you want to evaluate your foot strike and evaluate your risk of injuries, FeetMe Sport is exactly what you need.

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