Dr. Tyson Green, foot and ankle specialist with Center for Orthopaedics, recently screened 85 athletes through the Healthy Athletes Fit Feet program the Special Olympics Louisiana state games held in Hammond.
Last year, Dr. Green completed his certification at the Special Olympics Training Center in Boston and now serves as a Clinical Coordinator for games in the region. He supervises the organization’s Fit Feet program, a free podiatric screening for Special Olympics athletes.
"Many Special Olympic athletes suffer from foot and ankle pain or deformities that impair their performance, and they are not always fitted with the best shoes and socks for their particular sport,” Dr. Green said. "Through Fit Feet, we provide foot and ankle screenings and education for athletes and their family members about proper shoes and socks. If indicated, we refer the athletes to foot care providers in their community.”
Fit Feet is conducted in partnership with the International Federation of Podiatrists (FIP) and the American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine. Dr. Green will be organizing a team of volunteers to travel with him to Special Olympic events both in Louisiana and across the country. At the state games in May, his parents and Center for Orthopedics’ staff members Megan Young and Brandi Foote volunteered with him. Dr. Green also secured a grant from Lock Laces, which gave every athlete at the state games a pair of their special laces that won’t come untied during competition.
"It is truly inspiring to work with these athletes, their coaches and their families,” said Dr. Green. "To have the opportunity to be just a small part of their success is humbling. They work so hard to overcome some pretty major hurdles in life and to see their resilience and determination puts everything else in perspective.”