As this infographic by Altra asks, why consider footstrike? It’s a very good question, and it should be the primary query on people’s minds when they’re thinking about going minimalist (footwear) or even barefoot. The way your feet impact the ground while running has far-reaching effects on your bones and joints all the way up your posterior chain – not just the foot itself. One should think of the body as an interconnected and synergistically integrated set of components, not independent limbs and muscles.
This concise infographic provides a nice overview of some of the central concerns of efficient (and non-injurious) running form. (Click to view at full size.)