Research has shown that barefoot running immediately improves ankle stability which directly optimized work and impact load balance on the leg, thereby preventing dangerous shifts in loading on the knees and hips as compared with thickly cushioned running shoes.
Spending more time running barefoot can drastically help improve the nervous systems proprioception which is the awareness of joint and limb position sense and the forces acting on them and also plays a big role in balance control and foot strike intensity. This in turn can help significantly improve your running stride mechanics such as avoiding high-impact landings because when you run barefoot, a part of the body’s proprioceptive system, the impact-avoidance reflex, is more strongly activated as compared with running in thickly cushioned running shoes.
Thick cushioned running shoes with stability support may increase the risk of injuries because they may actually force the feet into extreme positions (hyperpronation) which may cause the ankles to work harder in keeping foot-steps steadied through the touchdown and stance phases of running. This increased mechanical work at the ankles may spill over onto multiple sites of the leg, like the shins and knees and may be a net contributor to many common running-related injuries, such as ankle sprains, shin splints and runner’s knee.
Differences in pronation of the foot in forefoot running and in heel strike running and find out how pronation in forefoot running may be more controlled.
Not only can running barefoot on concrete help you develop strong, higher-level withdrawal reflexes in the feet and stronger joint position sense while improving your forefoot strike landing precision, running barefoot on concrete also transforms your feet into better energy-saving springs that are more efficient for when you run in shoes.
Preventing running injuries is the number one concern for most runners. It’s been well established that minimalist running shoes can prevent running injuries by allowing the components of the feet, such as the arch and the toes to become stronger on their own,
Running barefoot encourages a forefoot strike landing, which is an eccentric exercise good for the ankle and Achilles tendon.