Preview: The foot: a user's guide

Your all-important points of ground contact are key to stability and propulsion on the run. Here’s how to keep them in optimum working order to boost performance and sidestep injury.

by Annie Rice


The forefoot consists of three distinct parts: five metatarsal bones (running from the arch to the toes) which act as shock absorbers and also play a crucial role in propulsion at toe-off; the toes; and two sesamoid bones, which protect tendons, absorb pressure on landing and act as leverage for the toe flexor on push-off.

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