Feature Interview (12:49) – Orthopedic surgeon Dr. Paul Braaton discusses foot and ankle health and injuries including habits and types of shoes that can either increase or decrease your risk, types of injuries, and what to watch for to avoid them.


Also in this episode:

Background Info (01:00) – Are modern running shoes increasing foot and ankle injuries?

Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen (amzn.to/2Kol81z)

Daniel Lieberman’s Harvard research on barefoot running (barefootrunning.fas.harvard.edu/)

First Shoes Worn 40,000 Years Ago (www.livescience.com/4964-shoes-worn…-000-years.html)

Medical Trivia (Answer at 43:15) – When Jesus washed each foot of his apostles, how many bones was he holding in his holy hands each time he washed a foot? – and is this number more, less, or the same as each hand?

Listener Questions (45:25) – I am curious if there has been any research regarding the woman in a state of postpartum amenorrhea, and whether their hormone profile and preferences in a mate are more similar to a woman on or off contraceptives?

Many women do not begin to cycle until 1 or 2 years, or even more, after birth, and my understanding is that this is more common in traditional societies. I’m not sure that it’s “normal” for a woman to cycle throughout her childbearing years. It seems more likely that she would usually be either pregnant or in a state of lactational amenorrhea, becoming pregnant again shortly after her fertility returns. Even if a woman isn’t using contraception, is she likely to have fertility cycles very often through her childbearing years?


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