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.
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.
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.