When you walk and run barefoot or in minimalist running shoes (which have a wide toe-box), the toes splay, bend, flex, extend and relax more fully which enables the toes to freely assist in effective plantar loading distribution, directional stability and weight shifting. By these measures, straining forefoot overloads may be avoided while balance control may become sturdier as compared with narrow running shoes. Read more here!
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.