One of the many benefits of barefoot running is you instantly get better proprioception, which is the sense of joint position and the forces acting on the joints. This is because when barefoot, the under-foot proprioceptive nerves are activated more fully to levels that immediately and strongly activate our nervous system’s own built-in mechanical and reflexive defense mechanisms that effectively coordinate low-impact footfalls in the absence of underfoot cushioning. Read more here about how improved proprioception via barefoot running can make you a better shod runner!
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.