TFC Audio Project

TFC Audio Project

Welcome to the TFC Audio Project, hosted by The Foot Collective. We’re a group of Canadian physical therapists on a mission to help humans reclaim strong, functional and painfree feet through foot health education.

Episodes

March 13, 2019 83 min
In this episode of Health Conversations, Nick has a chat with Jeff Shub (@theurbanbarefoot). Jeff was kind enough to host Nick at his home during the Miami, Florida seminar & did a great job of gathering a bunch of people in the health and wellness space in Miami to promote a great event. Jeff has a super unique story of how he's applying his medical degree. They talk about feet, health, shedding away the complexities of modern lif...
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In this episode of #shoptalk, Mike and Nick discuss knee pain. It's something they see so many people struggle with in their clinic and they find that it isn't being effectively treated by the medical and rehab community. They go over knee anatomy & how the hip and ankles effect your knees. They talk about patellofemoral pain syndrome, the research around that, & the things that contribute to it. They finish off with the things tha...
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In this episode, Mike and Nick talk about their mission to rescue the profession of physical therapy. They talk about how the industry needs to change, how what we learn in school is outdated and ineffective, and the business of physio. They talk about trying to work towards realigning interests in terms of aligning patient outcomes with the compensation structures, which are currently out of whack. Most importantly, they get into ...
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February 20, 2019 61 min
In this episode of #shoptalk, Mike and Nick discuss plantar fasciitis. When it comes to feet, this is a big one. It's a common issue a lot of people encounter and we really wanted to simplify it and help people understand how such a common problem is actually completely preventable and very simple to address when you actually understand what causes it and what you can modify in your life to avoid those causes. They go over what it ...
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In this episode of #shoptalk, Mike and Nick unpack what it means to live a movement based lifestyle. Most modern humans today live a sedentary lifestyle, one with very little movement & lots of sitting in chairs, which takes a toll on our health big time. They review the fact that exercise isn't enough to offset 10 hours a day of sitting in a chair, and discuss ways of incorporating more movement and less sitting in the other 15 ho...
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February 6, 2019 50 min
In this episode of Health Conversations, Nick sits down in Sydney, Australia with the official director of TFC's new Australia division, James Dooner. They talk about physical therapy University programs and compare Canada and Australia's educational approach. They chat about feet, balance beams, their different perspectives on practicing, and cool stories about their own individual experiences.
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January 30, 2019 51 min
In this episode, Mike and Nick talk about a topic that carries a lot of controversy: heel striking. Diving deeper into the nuances, they go over heel striking as it relates to walking and running, why humans start to heel strike, cushioned running shoes, and running efficiency. They hope to be able to provide a better understanding of why it's important to prioritize running form as well as why getting out of cushioned shoes and of...
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In this short episode of Health Conversations, Nick has a chat with Olivia Urquhart during their travels in Australia. The topic of this one: high heels, from a women's perspective. Enjoy. 
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In their new show called Health Conversations, Nick interviews Paul Thompson, also known as "The Barefoot Podiatrist," during their recent trip to Australia in a Sydney Airbnb. They had an awesome conversation about feet, the world of foot rehab, podiatry, and the future of health content and footwear. Cheers!
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Daniel Donnelly is a friend of TFC's Nick and Mike from Ottowa. They talk about his experience going barefoot for two full years, how solo hikes can reconnect you with nature, and some philosophy, which Daniel happens to be very well versed in.  
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Happy New Year! In this episode, Mike and Nick sit down with fellow physiotherapist, Nick Hanna, during their recent trip to London, Ontario. They talk about what physical therapy means to them, how school needs to change, their role as agents of behavior change, and they engage in a few thought provoking questions about hypothetical cases and how they would each approach them. 
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In this episode of #shoptalk, Mike and Nick have a conversation about nutrition. While neither are formally educated in nutrition, both wanted to have a discussion about food and dive into the simple concepts about what humans are designed to consume for fuel, and the problems they predict to see in 2019 having seen the food people are putting in their bodies this past year. As physical therapists who treat patients everyday, it's ...
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The shoes that humans are wearing in 2018 are a big part of why so many today are faced with foot-specific issues. To understand why these shoes exist in the first place, Mike and Nick look back to when humans started wearing shoes, and why, and end up discovering a lot about the origins of these foot-deforming shoes. 
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In this episode, Mike and Nick unpack the details of the Vibram lawsuit that started in 2012. This is something that gets brought up a lot, but is often misunderstood due to all the misinformation out there. They attempt to address some of these misunderstandings by covering the main points put fourth in the case and have a conversation about each one individually. By the end, you can make up your own mind as to whether the verdict...
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In this week's #shoptalk, Mike and Nick talk about the dangers and benefits of technology, what technology means to them, health tech, the internet, social media, and our addiction to tech through dopamine pathways. Then they get into how the technology of footwear, vehicles, and furniture have change the modern human for better, or for worse. 
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In this episode of #shoptalk, Mike and Nick have a conversation about what they feel are essential elements in an optimal and balanced physical practice. They cover what a physical practice is and the benefits of having a physical practice, including comparing movement in an exercise and touching on their own stories of how their personal training has shifted. They break down elements like mobility workshops, strength training, mov...
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In this episode of #shoptalk, Mike and Nick debunk some common myths that they encounter regularly with both patients and social media. Myths like: bunions are genetic, flat feet are genetic, pronated feet require motion control, needing cushioning in your shoes because the ground is hard, needing arch support, and even taking a different perspective on why people's feet get cold. 
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In this episode of #shoptalk, Mike and Nick have a conversation about a topic they get tons of questions about: switching to human footwear and making a transition away from conventional shoes to footwear that let's our feet function optimally. They explain the features that define conventional and human shoes, the harmful aspects of conventional footwear, and how to work on your feet to bring them from normal to natural feet. Last...
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In this episode of #shoptalk, TFC's Mike and Nick have a conversation about the potential for physical education in grade school, and of creating a movement rich environment to enhance how developing brains absorb information. They also talk about the work of Dr. John J. Ratey, and his focus on the relationship between exercise and the brain. 
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In this episode of #shoptalk, TFC's Mike and Nick get into how they use the scientific method to guide their teaching and treatment approach. They break down the key elements in the process of science, emphasizing the use of logic, reason, and critical thinking as a base before applying science properly, and also cover the some shortcomings of published research. Enjoy!
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