Aside from making you more balanced, you’re at your mechanical best when you run barefoot because it encourages a forefoot strike landing that’s light and springy, but also increases your access to better dynamic ankle stability and impact protection by natrually reducing foot overpronation. Read more here about how forefoot running is linked to safer foot pronation and why heel strike running increases the risk of foot overpronation.
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.