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Our physicians and surgeons have invested in these initiatives that promote the health and well-being of families in the communities we serve. 

Diabetes Golf Benefit

The annual Ankle & Foot Care Centers Diabetes Golf Benefit, organized by our physicians, raises funds for diabetes education and resources. Our primary benefactor is the Diabetes Partnership of the Mahoning Valley, which provides medicine, education and other support for local residents with diabetes. As we have staged this event each summer since 1999, it has attracted a regular following and is usually a sell-out. To participate as a golfer or sponsor, watch our website or the local media for sign-up information.

Holiday Shoe Drive

Through the annual Ankle & Foot Care Centers Holiday Shoe Drive, we collect shoes and socks and distribute them to local families through the Salvation Army. Our physicians and staff have conducted this event each holiday season since 1998 and usually deliver more than 500 pairs of shoes each year. We welcome participation by anyone willing to donate new or gently used shoes or new socks to collection boxes at any of our offices.

Diabetic Support Group

Ankle & Foot Care Centers is proud to sponsor a diabetic support group that has been active since 2003. Attendance is open to anyone with diabetes, and we welcome new faces as well as those who have attended our lectures in in the past. The support group typically meets once a quarter on the third Wednesday of the month at 6:30 pm.

The meetings include educational presentations that help attendees understand and manage diabetes, prevent and treat high and low blood sugars, prepare meals and choose appropriate physical activities. Most importantly, the group attendees to share their experiences with other people with diabetes. We provide light refreshments. If you are interested in joining us, please contact Elizabeth Emch at 330-758-6226 ext. 204 for a schedule of meeting times and locations.

Community Lectures

Our physicians routinely speak at community events on a wide range of foot and ankle topics, including diabetic foot care, peripheral neuropathy, chronic heel pain, running and more. In addition, we are able to provide a "Diabetic Foot and Wound Care" lecture to nurses for 1.3 continuing education units. If you are interested in having us speak for your organization, please contact Sheila Koontz at 330-720-1118.

Save a Leg, Save a Life Foundation

Drs. Lawrence DiDomenico and Gregory Blasko led the establishment of the Youngstown chapter of the Save a Leg, Save a Life (SALSAL) Foundation, a group of local physicians who work to prevent amputations through education and community outreach. The foundation educates professionals, students and patients about new technology and treatments that can save limbs and lives.

Step Out Walk to Stop Diabetes

We regularly sponsor the local Step Out Walk to Stop Diabetes, a major fund-raising event for the American Diabetes Association. The walk takes place in cities across the United States to raise money to find a cure for the nearly 24 million Americans living with diabetes and to help improve their lives. Participants register and recruit co-workers, friends and family members to walk and raise money.

 

 
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