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.
Find out how certain types of footwear increases plantar pressure during running.
Thick cushioned running shoes with stability support may increase the risk of injuries because they may actually force the feet into extreme positions (hyperpronation) which may cause the ankles to work harder in keeping foot-steps steadied through the touchdown and stance phases of running. This increased mechanical work at the ankles may spill over onto multiple sites of the leg, like the shins and knees and may be a net contributor to many common running-related injuries, such as ankle sprains, shin splints and runner’s knee.
Differences in pronation of the foot in forefoot running and in heel strike running and find out how pronation in forefoot running may be more controlled.
If you’re not making enough progress in healing your shin injury with forefoot running, try widening your step-width when you run as it was found to produce measurable effects in significnatly reducing pain-inducing tibial (shin) compression and tension stress.
How a higher running cadence is better for the knees and hips and improves performance, too, as compared to a lower running cadence.
Find out why forefoot runners naturally land on the lateral forefoot first and not under the big toe.