The impact loads of heel strike running may increase compartment pressure in the foot-ankle complex which may persist as pain and injury as compared with forefoot 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.
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Barefoot running increases activity in areas of the brain that regulate natural running gait, allowing injury free running.
Focusing on maintaining good running form with a forefoot strike prevents high hard landings, steering us toward routes that minimize impact and prevent injuries.
Barefoot-like footwear results in proprioceptive gains and marked reductions in joint instability during forefoot running.
Lots of injuries for you if you learn forefoot running in a cushioned running shoe as these shoes mentally weaken your defense against injurious footfalls.