London's Summer Olympics hasn't been the only place to find tremendous athletes and heroes. Last month, Panorama Orthopedics helped support the 43rd Special Olympics Colorado Summer Games in Greeley. Events included soccer, track and field, power lifting and aquatics.
In addition to the main athletic focus of the games, Dr. Pete Deol from Panorama Orthopedics & Spine Center was on hand to provide free podiatric screenings for Special Olympic participants.
People with disabilities often have health conditions of the lower extremities at much higher rates compared to the general population. Globally, 55 percent of Special Olympics athletes have gait abnormalities; 23 percent have bone deformations; and 49 percent have skin and nail conditions of the feet.
Dr. Pete Deol is a board-eligibile orthopedic surgeon specializing in injuries and disorders of the foot and ankle. He specializes on sports injuries, arthroscopy, cartilage disorders/arthritis, total ankle replacement, bunion correction, complex fractures and reconstruction of the foot and the ankle.
"I was thrilled to be involved with this year's Special Olympics Colorado Summer games," Deol said. "Healthy feet and ankles are important for athletes, and these screenings will help ensure participants reach the finish line in top condition."
Congratulations to all of the Special Olympics Colorado Summer Games participants!