Fit Feet was developed through a collaboration between Special Olympics and the American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine.
Many Special Olympics athletes suffer from foot and ankle pain or deformities that impair their performance. Many times athletes are not fitted with the best shoes and socks for their particular sport. During Special Olympics competitions, volunteer healthcare professionals examine athletes’ feet and ankles for deformities, as well as check for proper shoes and socks.
Fit Feet screenings throughout the U.S. have indicated that a large number of Special Olympics athletes have untreated foot conditions.
Out of SONJ athletes screened:
- 57.6% have gait abnormalities
- 56.1% have skin/nail conditions
- 26.4% have bone deformation
Fit Feet screenings are offered at Summer Games. After the screening, the clinicians will discuss the check up. Athletes will also receive their shoe size, any recommendations or referrals, and literature regarding common foot problems and foot care.
Interested in volunteering for Fit Feet? SONJ is looking for athletic trainers, podiatrists, physiotherapists, and students in this field to help athletes find the right fit!
Criteria for Clinical Director
Please view the below document if you are interested in becoming a Fit Feet Clinical Director.
Current Clinical Director: Rob Conenello, DPM
If you are interested in becoming involved in our Fit Feet screening events, please contact our Healthy Communities Manager, Amelia Hamilton, ARH@SONJ.org.