Running Shoes: Comfort vs. Function

By Megan Peach, DPT, OCS, CSCS
megan@excelptmt.com

Have you ever stood in front of a wall of running shoes wondering which shoe is right for you? Maybe the Hokas with the super cushioned sole that feel like you’re running on clouds? Or the Brooks trail runners since the trails have cleared up and you’ve been wanting to try out the North Cottonwood trail? Or maybe the Saucony minimalist shoes because you’ve recently read about the benefits of minimalist running? Or my personal favorite, the hot pink shoes with tie-dye laces?! 

You may think that based on the available technology for running shoes and advancements in materials used to create modern running shoes that a plethora of running shoe research would be available. However, this is not necessarily the case.

Although the modern running shoe has been around for the past 40 years since the running boom in the 1970s, research specific to running shoes and injury is relatively new within the past few years. A wide variety of shoe functions exist in running shoes from a cushioned sole for shock absorption, motion control to decrease over pronation, a trail runner, or a minimalist shoe. While some runners may benefit from a specific type of shoes, recent studies on footwear for runners suggest that when shoes or orthotics are selected for comfort rather than function this results in a decreased frequency of running related injury.

So, unfortunately, you can’t base your choice on shoe color alone, but if the pink shoes with tie-dye laces have the best fit and are the most comfortable, they are also the most likely to keep you out of an injury!

Megan Peach, DPT, OCS, CSCS specializes in manual treatment of spinal dysfunction, as well as knee and shoulder pain and is a member of the Excel Physical Therapy running specialist PT team. Megan’s philosophy for physical therapy treatment embraces educating patients about the tools they need for enhancement of proper body movements during work and play to promote a pain and injury free active lifestyle. 

Excel PT Running Camp 2017

By Tiffany Coletta
tiffany@excelptmt.com

​You are invited! Excel Physical Therapy is hosting our annual free Running Camp on Saturday, June 10, 2017, 8am-12pm. We offer this camp each year because we want to serve the community we love. 

 

This comprehensive workshop helps to ensure you are running correctly to avoid pain & injury. Excel Physical Therapy is hosting the running boot camp at our Bozeman location at 1125 West Kagy Blvd., Ste. 101A (corner of South 11th and Kagy). 

 

Our Running Specialist PT Team will guide 30 participants, ages 21+, through:

  • Topics will include: training principles, stretching and strengthening exercises to reduce the risk of injury, cadence training and balance.

  • Running Mechanics instruction on how to decrease impact and increase efficiency.

  • Special guest discussions with Haley Chura, professional triathlete and Lindsay Kay Kordick, MS, RD, LN, EPc, sports nutritionist.

  • How to choose the correct running shoes and other helpful running gear.

  • A local training run with our Running Specialist PT Team after the in-clinic sessions.

  • Q&A time with our running experts and special guests.

  • Attendees will receive a running training program from our Running Specialist PT Team. 

  • Raffle prizes include 2 entries for the Sweet Pea Run 5K. We are proud sponsors of the Big Sky Wind Drinker's Sweet Pea Run! We have designed this running camp to help get you in top form for this Bozeman running tradition held in early August.

Presented by: 

Megan Peach, DPT, OCS, CSCS

Jason Lunden, DPT, SCS

with special guests from the Gallatin Valley sport and health community: Haley Chura, professional triathlete and Lindsay Kay Kordick, MS, RD, LN, EPc, sports nutritionist

Running Camp 2017
Running Camp 2017
Running Camp 2017

Stress Fractures: From Trail to Icy Sidewalk by Megan Peach, DPT, OCS, CSCS

By Megan Peach, DPT, OCS, CSCS
megan@excelptmt.com

Snow flurries don’t stop most runners from running here in the Gallatin Valley and while running may continue well into cooler temperatures, don’t let a running injury inhibit your ski season! Especially a stress fracture. Up to 10% of runners may suffer from a stress fracture at some point during their running career, and the majority of these injuries are due to training error. Many runners don’t consider a change in terrain a change in training, but a change from trail to icy sidewalk can make a big difference in impact. A stress fracture begins with repetitive stress to the bone such that eventually causes microdamage. (more…)

Injury Prevention in Nordic Skiing: Knee Pain

By Jason Lunden, DPT, SCS
jason@excelptmt.com

Patellofemoral pain, or anterior knee pain, is the most common type of knee pain in Nordic skiing.   Repetitive stress to the soft tissue around the patella (knee cap) occurs due to poor tracking of the patella in the femoral groove.  This poor tracking can be the result of hip weakness causing poor control of movement of the femur (thigh bone), poor stabilization from the foot and ankle, and poor skiing technique.

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Technique & the Prevention of Alpine Ski Injuries: Part 4

By Jason Lunden, DPT, SCS
jason@excelptmt.com

Nearly all injuries in alpine skiing are classified as traumatic, or due to a fall.  As mentioned earlier, under Strength & Injury Prevention, the majority of knee injuries in alpine skiing occur on the left knee.   Therefore it is important to work on your ski technique to be able to turn equally well to your right and left.  With the snowpack being shallower and conditions not yet epic, the early season is a great time to work on perfecting your turns.  Aim to stay balanced on your skis with your hips centered and perfect your turns to both sides.  A Professional Ski Instructor or coach can make all the difference, so take the time to perfect your technique by taking a lesson at one or our local ski resorts, or sign-up for coaching from a community ski team such as the Bridger Ski Foundation (BSF).

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Equipment and the Prevention of Alpine Ski Injuries: Part 3

By Jason Lunden, DPT, SCS
jason@excelptmt.com

To reduce your risk of injury it is important to make sure your bindings are properly mounted and maintained.  Your ski is effectively a long lever arm and if your ski does not release properly it will put a tremendous amount of force through your knee.  Therefore it is important to make sure your DIN is set properly, and to check that the release mechanism is working properly regularly.  Keep in mind that due to gender differences in strength and morphology, the DIN on women’s bindings should be set at 15% below the recommended universal setting.   So before you get out for your first turns of the season, check your equipment and get assistance from your local independent ski shop if necessary. (more…)

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