Forefoot running may prevent tibial fracture by reducing opposing forces on the shins as compared with heel strike running.
Heel strike running was found to increase rapid contractions in the anterior tibialis (the muscle that runs down the front of the shin) which was found to be a risk factor for shin splints as compared with forefoot running.
Heel strike runners who suffer shin splints may benefit from switching to forefoot running because it was found to demonstrate the strong positive effect of easing physical strain off the shins, especially at faster running speeds.
Forefoot running may be more economical because it may enhance spring loading in the Achilles tendon, potentially increasing spring energy which is directly related to enhanced running economy.
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.
One sure way to weaponize your forefoot running mechanics is to lean slightly forward because it may help you sustain faster running speeds more economically, and safely!
More evidence supports the idea that forefoot running may do more to limit injury because there’s less all-around impact stress on the body as compared with heel strike running
Less effort devoted by the wobbling mass effect saves more energy in forefoot running than heel strike running.
Spending more time running barefoot can drastically help improve the nervous systems proprioception which is the awareness of joint and limb position sense and the forces acting on them and also plays a big role in balance control and foot strike intensity. This in turn can help significantly improve your running stride mechanics such as avoiding high-impact landings because when you run barefoot, a part of the body’s proprioceptive system, the impact-avoidance reflex, is more strongly activated as compared with running in thickly cushioned running shoes.