At that moment I knew I had to see if I was on to something. I realized that every pedal ever designed has been made from the assumption that you need to push through the ball of the foot.
However, this is an outdated view of the pedal stroke.
The foot and lower leg act very differently depending on one thing…does your foot break contact with the ground (or whatever it is on)?
You see, you only want to push through the ball of the foot when you want your foot to break contact with what it is on. So if I was walking, running, trying to jump over a car speeding at me or trying to jump off of my bike then yes, in those instances I would want to push through the ball of the foot.
But I’m not doing any of those things when riding my bike and since my foot stays in contact with the pedal throughout the pedal stroke, it wants to act much differently. In this case it is more like the squat or deadlift in the gym, where I want to have both ends of the arch of my foot supported so I can drive through a strong, stable foot.