Ankle & Foot Care Centers

Ankle & Foot Care Update

October 2011 Edition

Centers Sponsor Diabetes Step Out Walk in Canfield

Centers Sponsor Diabetes Step Out Walk in CanfieldAnkle & Foot Care Centers and Giant Eagle Pharmacy are the gold sponsors of Step Out: Walk to Fight Diabetes, scheduled for 9 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 16, at the Canfield Fairgrounds.

The event, organized by the American Diabetes Association, aims to raise money for diabetes research, treatment and education.

Individuals of all ages are encouraged to register and use the ADA’s online fundraising tools to create a personal web page, email friends, family and co-workers, accept donations online and raise money to stop diabetes. You can register or learn more here.

The Step Out walks in more than 130 U.S. cities are the ADA’s signature fund-raising events to pursue a cure for the more than 25 million Americans living with diabetes and to help improve their lives.

“We are very pleased to be a gold sponsor again for this event that supports diabetes research,” said Dr. Lawrence A. DiDomenico, managing partner at Ankle & Foot Care Centers. “As many of our patients are diabetics, we have been at forefront of diabetic research and education programs for many years.”

Organizers are hoping to raise $95,000 in the local event.

Copyright © October 2011 Ankle & Foot Care Centers

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Physicians Advance Peace Race, ‘Ask the Doc’ Program

Centers Advance Peace Race, ‘Ask the Doc’ ProgramAnkle & Foot Care Centers is proud to be a major sponsor of the 2011 Youngstown Peace Race and will be offering free advice to runners and free orthotic measurements in conjunction with the race on Sunday, Oct. 23.

The Peace Race, a rich tradition in the Mahoning Valley, includes a competitive 10-kilometer race, a two-mile walk/run and a free kids run.

Ankle & Foot Care physicians recently kicked off their “Ask the Doc” program, a free service to local runners. One of our physicians will be on-site at the Second Sole shoe and equipment store, 755 Boardman Canfield Road, Boardman, each Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. through Oct. 22 to answer questions for local runners.

“Our support of the Peace Race and ‘Ask the Doc’ demonstrate our commitment to runners, who comprise a good portion of our patient base,” said Dr. Lawrence DiDomenico, managing partner at Ankle & Foot Care Centers.

“We’re inviting all local runners to come out to Second Sole on any Saturday for any questions they may have related to their legs, feet or ankles.”

Meanwhile, Ankle & Foot Care will be offering free orthotic scans at Kirkmere Elementary School near the starting line of the Peace Race on race day. Anyone who would like to have their feet measured properly for orthotic inserts can just walk across a carpet equipped with measuring sensors in a process that takes just a few minutes.

The measurements will enable them to order orthotics designed specifically for their feet.

“Having the right measurements for orthotics is critical to their success,” Dr. Kwame Williams said. “Although we see many generic orthotics on sale at discount stores, we would not advise anyone to use orthotics without a precise measurement and the involvement from a podiatric physician.”

More information about the Peace Race is available at its website.

Copyright © October 2011 Ankle & Foot Care Centers

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Toe Surgery Heals Youngstown Woman’s Ulcer

The onset of diabetes more than 15 years ago has brought a lot of challenges to Patricia Douglas of Youngstown. But one thing she’s always been able to count on, she says, is her podiatric physician, Dr. Gregory Blasko of Ankle & Foot Care Centers.

“Since I have diabetes, there’s always something going on,” said Patricia, 64, a retired nurse. “So far he’s been able to take care of it and heal it, whatever the problem is.”

The latest case in point was a troublesome ulcer between the fourth and fifth toes of her right foot. The sore grew when her toes began rubbing together. Like many diabetics, Patricia had trouble feeling the ulcer because of the lack of clear sensation in her feet.

But a surgical procedure eliminated the sore. Dr. Blasko removed some bone from her toes so that they would not rub together. “Within two or three days of the surgery, the ulcer had healed,” she said.

The procedure was the most recent of several that have helped Patricia overcome ulcers and other effects of diabetes, Patricia said.

“One time when I was out of town, I had to call him, and he called in a prescription for me,” she recalled. “Any time something happens, no matter what, he takes care of it.”

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Dr. Beaudis Finds Links Between Football, Investing

Dr. Beaudis Finds Links Between Football, InvestingLocal roots run very deep with Dr. Craig Beaudis.

He grew up in Austintown, where he played football and this year earned induction into the Austintown Fitch High School Hall of Fame. He was a running back and linebacker on the Falcons team of 1990 that knocked off powerhouse St. Ignatius, later falling in the playoffs to eventual state champions Warren G. Harding.

Upon completing undergraduate work at John Carroll University and graduating from the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine in Cleveland, he returned to Austintown. That was 2002, when the surgeon joined the Ankle and Foot Care Centers.

He married his sister’s good friend, Lisa, another Austintown Fitch graduate, and together, they’re raising daughters, 5-year-old Madison and 3-year-old Alexis, in a community that has long been near and dear to them.

Meet the DocThe way Dr. Beaudis sees it, he is fortunate to work in the place he calls home. In many ways, he has bloomed where he was planted.

“We have a real big, close-knit family,” the doctor said. “It’s been nice to remain part of the community.”

So, what does a busy surgeon with a young family do in his spare time? Dr. Beaudis has turned his love of sports into a passion for playing fantasy football and, more recently, the stock market. Three years ago, he got hooked on crunching stats of running backs, wide receivers and other players to build his fantasy football team.

On any given Sunday, he’s ranking players and following the outcomes. “I’ve never won, but I’ve finished in the top two or three,” he said. “Hopefully, this will be my year.”

And it’s that interest in numbers and taking a few risks that spurred a new hobby of sorts – trading on the stock market. In some ways, there are parallels. When he’s not tracking player statistics and scores, Dr. Beaudis is staying on top of investment sectors, researching data such as market capitalization, debt-to-equity ratios, sales and the like.

“At first it was a little overwhelming,” he said of the hands-on approach to investing. But if you do your research, stick with what you know and are willing to be a little risk-averse, “you can get your confidence and become comfortable. It can be rewarding. I enjoy it.”

While fielding a fantasy football team is a little less daunting than buying and selling stocks in this current volatile market, Dr. Beaudis has fun with both. With football now underway, it won’t be unusual to find him catching NFL Red Zone on the weekends or CNN during the week to track the stock market.

Dr. Beaudis practices in the Greenville and Howland offices.

Dr. Beaudis with his wife, Lisa.

Copyright © October 2011 Ankle & Foot Care Centers

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Self-Assessment of Your Feet – When to See a Podiatrist

Self-Assessment of your Feet – When to See a PodiatristEvery local drugstore has aisles of “do-it-yourself” medical fixes. For your feet they have blister and corn pads, insoles, fungus sprays, and nail clippers. So when you have foot and ankle problems, how do you know when to deal with them at home using over-the-counter (OTC) products and when to see the podiatrist?

Blisters on your feet can often be handled at home without professional intervention. If the blister pops, cover it with a sterile dressing or Band-aid and watch it carefully to make sure it heals properly.

If you suspect that you have an ingrown nail, it is best not to use OTC products. See your podiatrist as soon as possible to avoid the possibility of infection. The doctor can safely remove the ingrown nail and may be able to alleviate the problem entirely for the future.

OTC wart removal medication is relatively mild but can cause ulcerations if left on too long. You can try to alleviate warts on the feet with these products, but the podiatrist has more effective medications and can also do simple procedures to rid you of warts. Wart removers should never be used if you have neuropathy except under the supervision of a podiatric physician.

Despite numerous blogs and articles about treating onychomycosis (fungal nails) and warts with Vicks VapoRub, duct tape, bleach, white vinegar, and other household items, there are no scientific data or evidenced-based research studies to support these treatment options.

Sprains and strains can be treated at home initially with the “RICE treatment” - rest, ice, compression, and elevation. If swelling is persistent, a visit to the podiatrist’s office is in order to determine if there are any broken bones.

Occasionally, home remedies can cause a new problem or make existing problems worse, so use them all in moderation. Anyone with diabetes or a peripheral vascular disease (PVD) who has foot and ankle problems should always opt to visit the podiatrist for even minor concerns. People who do not have diabetes or PVD should also be wary of pain, color changes, drainage, swelling, heat, or open areas in or on any part of the foot or ankle. These signs warrant a professional’s experience in dealing with the problem.

Copyright © October 2011 American Podiatric Medical Association and Ankle & Foot Care Centers

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From The Kitchen: Garlic Shrimp

From The KitchenDr. Mark Smesko shares another one of his favorite recipes – garlic shrimp. Watch this space each month for a new recipe from one of our doctors or staff members.

1/3 cup olive oil
4 garlic cloves sliced
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes or to taste
1 pound unshelled shrimp (26 to 32 shrimp per pound)
2 teaspoons paprika
1/4 cup medium-dry sherry1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
1 tablespoon butter
Fresh lemon juice to taste
Salt and fresh ground black pepper

In a large heavy skillet over moderately high heat, heat oil until hot. Add the garlic and cook, stirring, until pale golden. Add red pepper flakes and shrimp and cook stirring for one minute or until the shrimp are just pink and firm to touch. Sprinkle shrimp with the paprika and cook the mixture, stirring, for 30 seconds. Add the sherry, boil the mixture for one minute. Remove from the heat and add parsley, butter, and salt and pepper to taste. Transfer to a large bowl and serve at room temperature.

Makes a quick, delicious appetizer.

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