Back to school: Free foot screenings for kids

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX --It's probably the most ignored part of the body, but people of all ages can suffer from all kinds of foot ailments that can make it difficult to walk, run or play.

Our feet are the foundation that hold up the rest of our body.

For the first time in the Valley, a group of podiatrists are holding a free foot screening this weekend at Jumpstreet in Chandler and Glendale.

Dr. Alan Discont, president of the Arizona Podiatric Medical Association, says his team wants families to start the upcoming school year on the right foot (pun intended!).  One key condition the screening will detect is misaligned feet.

A common sign of misaligned feet is hyperpronation, where the ankles roll inwards towards each other, often resulting in excessive wear on the inner edge of shoe heels.  Other symptoms may include fallen arches, bunions, heel spurs, hammertoes and growing pains.   Misaligned feet may also cause seemingly unrelated pains. 
"When you have misaligned feet, it forces the body to compensate by putting excessive strain on the heels, ankles, knees, hips and back, often leading to pain in these areas," says Discont. "Your feet are literally the foundation of your body and should be the first check point for pain."

3TV's Heidi Goitia got a preview of the upcoming event and a look at what the screening entails.

Sat., July 19 - 10 am to 2pm only
Jumpstreet Glendale:  5665 W. Bell Rd., Glendale, AZ 85308
Jumpstreet Chandler: 455 E. Warner Rd., Chandler, AZ 85225