Running barefoot on soft surfaces may cause you to land harder.
Forefoot running reduces compartmental syndrome by encouraging a favorable foot strike position resulting in less ankle dorsiflexion, higher step rate, lower ground reaction force, and adequate weight shift transfer on the foot.
What is the proper way to run? Heel strike or forefoot strike?
Since forefoot strike running is associated with greater Achilles tendon force compared to heel strike running, it is assumed that Achilles injuries are common running injuries suffered by forefoot runners.