Foot Strike

Written on 01/19/2020
Jamie Gilliam

Foot strike is so important to help avoid chronic pain and other compensations that will occur over time. How you load your feet impacts everything else in your kinetic chain.  Here's the basics for proper foot strike when walking or running.  (notice the feet in the photo above?  The back foot is pronating(turning inward) which is a sign of a fallen arch or other problems between the lower leg and hip that need to be addressed.  Sometimes it is a as simple as using shoe inserts or a specific shoe designed for over-pronators). 

Proper Foot Strike

  1. Strike the ground first with your heel.
  2. Roll through the step from heel to toe.
  3. Push off with your toe.
  4. Bring the back leg forward to strike again with the heel.