Advanced Practice Physical Therapy - April 2020

APRIL 2020 | 406-770-3171


lot about our feet and how important it is that we have the right running shoes and insoles to support our arches. This is on our minds more than usual because, a few months ago, we added a new piece of equipment called the Foot Levelers Kiosk to our clinic. It’s a neat piece of technology. All you have to do is step up onto the platform, and it will take a 15-second scan of your feet, analyze the three arches in each foot to determine if they’ve fallen, and show you how fallen arches impact your body and posture. The kiosk has helped us fit a lot of patients with corrective orthotics in the last few months, making their daily lives (and their race prep!) a lot easier. Personally, I have flat feet, so having corrective footwear and orthotics makes a huge difference for me. My orthotics stave off ankle, knee, and back pain by correcting my foot alignment, and I’ve seen them do the same for our patients. To make that pain reduction as universal as possible, we sell orthotics for all kinds of shoes, including sneakers, dress shoes, heels, and even flip-flops! If you’re curious about the state of your own feet, stop by the clinic to take the Foot Levelers Kiosk for a test drive (just open this newsletter to learn more!). I’d particularly recommend it if you’re planning to

Here at Advanced Practice PT, we always tell our patients how important it is to stay active. So this spring, we figured that on top of talking the talk, we should walk the walk — literally! On Sunday, April 26, we’ll meet up with more than 3,000 other Great Falls athletes at the Civic Center to tackle the Ice Breaker Road Race. Rain, shine, or snow, we’ll be there for the 1-mile run/walk, and we’d love for you to join us. This won’t be my first time doing the Ice Breaker. Five or six years ago, I ran the 3-mile race. I’ve never been much of a runner (I played basketball, volleyball, and softball in high school, and my track experience was limited to throwing events), so even though I was in CrossFit at the time, I started to really struggle after the second mile. Honestly, I just about died during that first run, so I’m glad we’re just doing the 1-mile route this year, where everyone can go at their own pace! It seems like it never fails to snow or rain during the Ice Breaker, but I have my fingers crossed for better weather this time around. Either way, I know having my coworkers and patients there with me will motivate me to keep going and we’ll all have a great time.

join us for the Ice Breaker — you won’t believe how much easier a mile is with the right footwear! To register for the race, head to and keep an eye on our social media accounts to find out where our team will meet up for the 1-mile course. We might even have a special perk for the first few people who sign up! I hope I’ll see you there.

In the lead-up to the race, my coworkers and I have been talking a

– Kelsee Clark, PTA

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