Pathomechanical Foot Types –Part 2 of 2

By Chad Yoakam

In my last post I introduced the term “pathomechanical foot type”.  I’d like to give an overview of what this means and identify the most common problematic feet.  A pathomechanic foot type is a foot that is put together in such a way that it can cause problems under the right (or wrong) circumstances.  There are five pathomechanical foot types that I most often see in our clinics.   They are as follows (I have included the problematic motion that the particular foot type causes in parenthesis): (more…)

Foot Problems & Foot Orthotics -Part 1 of 2

By Chad Yoakam

The term “foot orthotics” can be quite confusing considering the wide variety of shoe inserts available today; from your local Wal-Mart “Dr. Scholl’s” aisle to those offered at shoe and sporting goods stores and a number of healthcare providers including physical therapists, podiatrists, orthotists and even chiropractors.  The term “foot orthotic” is used to describe a wide variety of products designed to alleviate foot, ankle, knee, hip, sacro-iliac joint and back problems.  (more…)

Free Excel PT Running Camp - 6/4/2016 - Register Online Now

By Tiffany Coletta

Sometimes the best way to start running is not to put on your running shoes. Your first best step is to attend the Excel Physical Therapy Running Camp – a free three-hour boot camp on Saturday, June 4, 2016 to help you start running correctly and avoid pain & injury. Excel Physical Therapy is hosting this running boot camp at our Bozeman location at 1125 West Kagy Blvd., Ste. 101A (corner of South 11th Ave. and Kagy Blvd.).

Our Running Specialist PT Team will guide 30 participants through:

  • Appropriate stretching and strength exercises to prevent injury

  • How to choose the correct running shoes

  • Introduce proper training guidelines to reduce the risk of running injuries

  • Attendee’s will receive a performance t-shirt and a running training program handout from our Running Specialist PT Team 

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Megan Peach, DPT, OCS, CSCS

Jason Lunden, DPT, SCS

Chad Yoakam, MS, PT

with special guests from the Gallatin Valley running community

Megan Peach, DPT, OCS, CSCS will be leading a free follow-up training day on Saturday, June 18, 2016 for camp participants. One-on-one with Megan leading your warm-up, a local run and answering your questions. Awesome!

Register for the Excel Physical Therapy Running Camp Here –



Excel PT Team to talk at Schnee's Foot Health Seminar, 4/14/2016, 7-8pm

By Megan Peach, DPT, OCS, CSCS

Not sure why your feet are hurting? Or which kind of shoe will help? Join us at Schnee’s Boots Shoes & Outdoors, Thursday April 14th from 7-8pm for a Foot Health Seminar. Megan Peach, Chad Yoakam and Jason Lunden of Excel Physical Therapy will be discussing “Foot and Arch Myths and How They Impact Your Movement”. Special Guest, Scott McCoubrey of Scott Footwear. Bring your questions for Q&A after the talk. See you at Schnee’s Montana!

Prevention! See Us Before Your Injury

By Megan Peach, DPT, OCS, CSCS

Why wait until after you are injured to see a physical therapist? Did you know that a great time to see a physical therapist is before you are injured? I recently evaluated a patient who wanted to see a physical therapist to learn a home exercise program to prevent future episodes of low back pain. (more…)

Injury Prevention in Nordic Skiing: Elbow & Shoulder Pain

By Jason Lunden, DPT, SCS

Due to the repetitive stress from poling, Nordic skiers can develop overuse injuries of both the elbow and/or the shoulder. The most common of these are medial epicondylitis and shoulder impingement syndrome.   The underlying cause of the development of these injuries is multi-factorial: poling technique, pole length, and poor strength and conditioning.  


"Got to Keep on Moving" by Matt Heyliger, DPT

By Matt Heyliger, DPT

I have recently been thinking quite a bit about the importance of joint mobility, not strictly for function, but for joint health. In manual therapy, assessment of a given joint in the body always consists of consideration of joint mobility. Is there enough mobility? If not, why not? Does the joint itself have a motion restriction? Or is there perhaps some tissue outside the joint, like a tight muscle, that is limiting mobility? While it makes sense that a certain degree of motion is important for functional tasks, like bending your knee a certain amount to ascend stairs, mobility is also critical for joint health. (more…)

"My shoulder is as good as ever. I appreciate the variety of treatments and Megan's professional courtesy-plus she's fun to visit with."  --C.S., Bozeman Patient

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