The Academy launched a new nationwide public education program - If the Shoe Fits, Wear It - at the fifth annual science writers seminar on Oct. 10 in New York City. The new program provides women, children, and athletes with tips on how to find properly fitting shoes. It also describes the types of foot problems that can occur from ill-fitting shoes. Among the media attending the one-day event were writers from American Health, Reader's Digest, Self, Woman's Day, and Parents. Also attending were freelance writers who contribute to a variety of orthopaedic trade publications. Presentations about orthopaedic topics were given by Academy second vice president Douglas W. Jackson, MD; Francesca M. Thompson, MD; Carl L. Stanitski, MD; Letha Y. Griffin, MD; Thomas A. Einhorn, MD; Deborah F. Stanitski, MD; Charles Cassidy, MD; Clarence L. Shields Jr., MD; and Henning Birkedal-Hansen, DDS, PhD, scientific director, National Institutes of Dental Research. Ramon L. Jimenez, MD, and James R. Doyle, MD were chairmen of the event.
"If the Shoe Fits, Wear It" brochures, fact sheets, and display stands are available to fellows who wish to promote the program to patients and the public in their communities. To receive a starter kit, contact the Academy's department of communications at (800) 346-2267, ext. 4123.