On the run? Running from something? Need to be able to run fast? Wearing shoes? The latest research shows that running barefoot, and practicing running barefoot strengthens different muscles and is better for you.
Scientists have found that those who run barefoot, or in minimal footwear, tend to avoid “heel-striking,” and instead land on the ball of the foot or the middle of the foot. In so doing, these runners use the architecture of the foot and leg and some clever Newtonian physics to avoid hurtful and potentially damaging impacts, equivalent to two to three times body weight, that shod heel-strikers repeatedly experience.