Minimalist running shoes may help prevent injury by encouraging mechanical engagements, such as increased arch mobility and compression, which may increase the efficiency of the feet in holding your stride mechanics more stable and may also prevent increases in impacts from spreading out onto the rest of the leg.
One of the many functional assets of minimalist running shoes is a wide toe-box because it enables the toes to spread, flex, bend, extend and relax which is incredibly effective in improving both static and dynamic balance, but also helps disperse the little shock that’s produced in forefoot running as compared with narrow running shoes.
Minimalist running shoes and especially barefoot running adds more natural stimulus for enhanced neuromuscular and reflexive responses in the knee-joint, resulting in a faster acquisition and greater improvements of more functional, stable mechanics of the knee that may reduce energy costs.
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Running barefoot encourages a forefoot strike landing, which is an eccentric exercise good for the ankle and Achilles tendon.
The best way to avoid inflamed plantar fasciitis while running is to avoid making initial contact with the ground on your heel, and instead, strike the ground with your forefoot first.