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By: Bethany Robinson, AZCPM Class of 2026
With the amazing support of the APMSA service grant, I
was able to donate 30 pairs of shoes to Mirage Elementary
School on behalf of the Arizona College of Podiatric
Medicine's APMSA chapter. Mirage Elementary is a Title 1
school located just three and a half miles from Midwestern
University's Glendale campus. This work was inspired by a
" She's a DPM " podcast episode, where host, Dr. Stephani
Oezeman, interviewed Dr. Katerina Grigoropoulos, a
practicing podiatrist and founder of SoleFit. Sole Fit is an
organization that promotes the importance of podiatric care
and provides new athletic shoes to underprivileged children
in the community through collaboration with the nonprofit
Shoes That Fit. Since SoleFit's founding in 2015, the
organization has expanded to multiple podiatry schools and
residency programs across the nation.
I took this opportunity to promote and further educate the
elementary school students and their family members about
podiatric medicine. A flier that introduced what a podiatrist
does, some general foot care tips, and fun feet facts written at
an elementary-age language comprehension level was included
in each of the shoe boxes. The flier was translated to Spanish,
by classmate Elizabeth Romo, so the flier could reach both
English and Spanish-speaking children and parents.
As podiatric medical students, we learn about the importance
of a supportive and well-fitting shoe. For children, who's feet
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