Research on impact mechanics has found that the risk of a foot stress fracture from running can be increased by running in thick cushioned shoes. It turns out, runners who wear thickly cushioned running shoes may strike the ground with greater downward force, generating abnormally high doses of plantar pressure stress on areas of the foot not structurally capable of enduring such heavy pressure points. Over time, running in this way, these increases in peak plantar stress may boil into a stress fracture in the foot as compared with running barefoot or in barefoot-like minimalist shoes. Read more here about the proven ways barefoot running or running in minimalist running shoes may be safer for the feet!
BSc Neurobiology; MSc Biomechanics candidate, ultra minimalist runner & founder of RunForefoot. I was a heel striker, always injured. I was inspired by the great Tirunesh Dibaba to try forefoot running. Now, I'm injury free. This is why I launched Run Forefoot, to advocate the health & performance benefits of forefoot running and to raise awareness on the dangers of heel striking, because the world needs to know.
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