David Jenkins, D.P.M., FACFAS, FAAPSM, Professor of Podiatric Medicine at the Arizona School of Podiatric Medicine (College of Health Sciences), received the Physician of the Year Award from Special Olympics Arizona at their annual black-tie Breakfast of Champions in October. Dr. Jenkins was honored for his work with the Healthy Athletes "Fit Feet" program.
Fit Feet focuses on Special Olympics athletes' ankles, feet, lower extremity biomechanics, and proper shoe and sock gear, as well as recommending follow-up services for athletes that require them. Under Dr. Jenkins' direction, AZPod participation in Special Olympics Fit Feet events has not only been enthusiastic, but has also expanded the understanding of podiatric abnormalities in Special Olympics athletes thanks to critical data analysis and studies. Dr. Jenkins has also served as an invited clinician to National and World Special Olympics Games, including the 2011 World Summer Games held in late June in Athens, Greece.