Once again the Ankle and Foot Centers of Georgia was honored to take part in the 42nd Annual Special Olympics Georgia held at Emory University.
Special Olympics is the first – and still the only – organization to offer training and competition for people with intellectual disabilities.
In 1970, 500 athletes gathered at a suburban Atlanta college to participate in the track and field event held under the Special Olympics Georgia banner. Over the past 40 years, the organization has grown exponentially and has helped thousands of children and adults in the process. The number of active athletes has grown to 22,769, participating in 23 sports.
Ankle and Foot Centers of Georgia was the only Foot and Ankle specialist providing free evaluations and treatment recommendations for the athletes and were proud to provide their expertise to the Olympians upon the request of the health leadership team of the Special Olympics.
Lead by Staff Podiatrists Dr. Ketan Patel, Dr. Joseph D. Giovinco, Dr. W. Kevin Pearson and their team of medical staff, they were able to conduct over 30 full evaluations and consultations. Deformities such as flat feet, lower leg misalignments, bunions, hammertoes and various conditions such as plantar fasciitis, diabetes, Achilles tendon disorders and sports overuse syndromes were addressed. The athletes were informed of treatment plans and referrals for follow-up care were given.
Ankle and Foot Centers of Georgia is proud to say that we are “keeping your life in motion!!!” for these exceptional individuals and athletes.