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Fourth Quarter 2017 Edition:

Ankle & Foot Announces 20th Annual Shoe & Sock Drive

The group of foot and ankle physicians and surgeons, as well as staff have set a goal to deliver more than 500 pairs of shoes and hundreds of pairs of socks to local residents through the Salvation Army next year. They will be collecting new or nearly new shoes and new socks at all 20 locations. Read more here.

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Surgery Eases Warren Woman's Severe Pain

In mid-2016, Louann Richmond of Warren nearly reached a breaking point with the tremendous amount of pain she was experiencing in her right foot.

"It was absolutely miserable and it was becoming harder and harder to walk on it without excruciating pain," she said.

After hearing about Ankle & Foot Care Centers from a friend who was a patient at the Warren office, Louann decided enough was enough and reached out to the office for help.

Dr. Ramy Fahim was assigned to Louann's case, quickly discovered she was suffering from acute plantar fasciitis in her right foot and decided surgery was the best option for her.

Interestingly, Louann cannot point to an incident or event that led to her pain.

"I am on my feet constantly throughout the day and then out of nowhere it just became unbearable to walk," she said.

Louann first met with Dr. Fahim just days before her daughter's wedding. He immediately equipped her with a cast to ensure she was able to enjoy the day with as little pain as possible.

Shortly after the wedding, Louann's surgery took place and she began physical therapy in late May 2016.

"The recovery process took a long time but we anticipated that," recalled Louann. "Dr. Fahim was very much attuned into the whole recovery process and made it easier to get through."

During therapy, Louann suffered a minor setback in the form of a sprained leg, delaying her recovery. She recalls Dr. Fahim being very involved and patient throughout the situation and supporting her recovery.

Now that more than a year has passed since her surgery, Louann has completed her therapy and occasionally sees the doctor for routine check-ups.

"The pain was incredibly hard to deal with before seeing Dr. Fahim," she said. "I cannot express how pleasant he and his staff are to work with. They really take the time to listen to what you have to say. I am now able to live a normal life and walk pain free."

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Golf Benefit Funds Support Diabetes Partnership of the Mahoning Valley

To support local diabetics and their caregivers, Ankle & Foot has organized a golf outing fund-raiser every year since 1999. The doctors recently presented the Diabetes Partnership of the Mahoning Valley with a $15,200 check from the proceeds of the golf benefit. Read more here.

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Newest A&F Surgeon Focuses On Sports Medicine

Dr. Kidon ran hurdles at Baldwin Wallace College, where his interest in sports medicine began.

Dr. Alan Kidon may be new to the practice, but he's not new to the field of sports. Training as an elite level runner and a track and field athlete for all of his life, Dr. Kidon found his motivation for foot, ankle and lower leg medicine and surgery through sports.

He completed a fellowship with University Hospitals in his hometown of Chardon, Ohio, in 2017. "I had a strong desire for advanced training in surgery, so during the fellowship, I was fortunate to obtain additional experience in reconstructive surgery, sports medicine, ankle replacement surgery and trauma," he said.

He became interested in foot and ankle medicine and surgery, as well as sports medicine because of his passion for sports, but also because of his mentor, Dr. Mark Mendeszoon.

"Mark has been my inspiration since I first met him, when he coached me in track," says Dr. Kidon. "He has inspired me to take my love for sports into my practice by coaching my patients on how to get better and grow stronger."

Dr. Kidon also recently collaborated with his mentor on an article about arthrosurface metatarsophalangeal joint replacements in the Clinics in Surgery Journal.

Dr. Kidon completed surgical residency at St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital in Michigan in 2013-2016. Prior to his residency, he earned his Doctor of Podiatric Medicine degree from the Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine in 2013.

Dr. Kidon earned a bachelor's of science degree in Chemistry, Pre-Medicine from Baldwin Wallace College in Berea in 2009, where he also participated in track and field. He ran the 400-meter and 800-meter race, as well as the 400-meter hurdles.

"I apply the same concepts of determination and hard work from my days of running track to my day-to-day life now," he said. That may be why he strives to run 40 miles per week in his free time.

In addition to working with patients at the Ankle & Foot Care offices in Columbiana, Market Street and East Liverpool, he is a part of the teaching staff for the podiatric residency program at Northside Medical Center.

"I don't want to speak to patients as someone in a white coat," says Dr. Kidon, "but rather as an athlete to an athlete, because I've been there myself and can relate on a personal level. Or a person to person, because I believe in treating my patients with the same care and compassion that I would treat my own friends or family members."

Dr. Kidon lives in Poland. When he's not seeing patients or teaching, he's most likely on the trails at Mill Creek Park.

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New Purchasing Coordinator Appreciates Supportive Staff

Pictured: Kevin Smotrilla

Kevin Smotrilla is new to his role at Ankle & Foot Care Centers, but he's not new to the healthcare industry.

Kevin brings 20-plus years of healthcare experience to Ankle & Foot. As the purchasing coordinator, his prime focus is to ensure that all physicians, as well as their support staff, have the supplies and equipment they need to provide the best quality care.

Kevin enjoys being a helpful resource to anyone that needs him.

"I'm constantly able to expand my knowledge of the importance of supply chain management," says Kevin, "as it relates not only to the business end, but also patient care as well."

After working in similar roles in surgical hospitals, Kevin pointed out that Ankle & Foot is different because of its specialized focus, as compared to the multi-specialty considerations of hospitals.

"It's my first rodeo in podiatry, so the doctors and staff have been helpful resources anytime I have questions regarding instrumentation, product evaluation and application," says Kevin. "They've been very welcoming and friendly, making my transition as smooth as possible."

Kevin most recently worked for a local software development company, but he soon realized that he wanted to be back in health care.

"I appreciate the forward thinking that enables this practice to continually provide the best patient care available," he said.

When he's not at work, Kevin's most likely in his backyard, enjoying the outdoors while gardening or cooking. He also plays an occasional round of golf with friends, but he says, "cooking and gardening don't require a score card."

With three grills and a smoker, Kevin is known for his cooking style which he refers to as, "backyard gourmet."

Kevin was born and raised in Youngstown and currently lives in Austintown with his wife JoAnne.

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Surgeon Helps Brookfield Retiree On Road to Recovery

Thomas Alter is able to finally relax and enjoy his retirement with a lot less pain than he had experienced a few months ago. Surgery and follow-up care with Dr. Ramy Fahim of Ankle & Foot Care Centers helped Thomas, 62, a Brookfield resident, recover from a severe accident in May.

"Dr. Fahim is an excellent doctor in my eyes. He tells you everything that is going on," Thomas said, "and he gives you options on what to do."

Thomas retired five years ago from his painting business of 38 years.

However, because of health issues and surgeries, his retirement has been anything but relaxing. "It's been one thing after the next," he said.

Thomas suffers from diabetic neuropathy, a type of nerve damage resulting from diabetes that can cause loss of feeling in the hands, arms, feet and legs. The condition contributed to a severe fall in May, when he sustained three broken bones in his right ankle.

"One morning my sugar was low when I woke up, and I knew I had to drink some orange juice," Thomas explained. "I was less than 10 feet from the refrigerator when my legs gave out from under me. I had no feeling in them."

After experiencing a great deal of pain from walking, Thomas visited his podiatrist in Howland the next day. That physician ordered an X-ray, sent him to the hospital and referred him to Dr. Fahim.

"The accident happened on a Sunday. I went to my podiatrist on a Monday and Dr. Fahim did the surgery the very next day," Thomas said.

Dr. Fahim equipped Thomas's ankle with an external fixator, a device made up of pins and rods that help to correct the bone.

"The surgery didn't even hurt," Thomas recalled, "until my ankle got infected about two months into having the rods in place."

Dr. Fahim removed the rods and replaced them in time to prevent the infection from getting worse. After his second surgery, Dr. Fahim removed the external fixator in August.

Thomas was made aware of his option to undergo a surgery in which he would have a permanent plate and screws put in his ankle to continue to correct the bone after the external fixator was removed.

He opted to wait to see how his ankle felt over time, but said, "one day, it started to swell up on me and the pain started to come back. It's one of those things where today is good and tomorrow is bad, you never know what you'll wake up to. I'm thinking I'm going to get that surgery."

Dr. Fahim recently placed a medical wrap around Thomas's leg to help relieve the pain temporarily.

As he continues through the recovery process and considers a possible surgery in the future, Thomas says Dr. Fahim has been very supportive every step of the way.

"I would recommend Dr. Fahim to anyone," he said. "I don't think there is anyone better than him. I appreciate him doing everything he says he is going to do and also leaving me with options."

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From the Kitchen: Pumpkin Risotto (Risotto di Zucca)

From The Kitchen

(From the Kitchen recipes are provided by the Diabetes Partnership of the Mahoning Valley.)

It's that time of year. Whether you're hosting for the holidays, or you want to bring a dish that everyone will love, this pumpkin risotto is both delicious and healthy!
Serving Size: 10 people
Diabetic Friendly: Yes


3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 small yellow onion, minced
2 cups Arborio or carnaroli rice
1 1/4 pounds fresh pumpkin, finely chopped
1 cup white wine
6 cups vegetable stock
4 ounces grated parmigiano-reggiano cheese
2 tablespoons low-fat yogurt


In a heavy-bottomed saucepan, warm the oil over medium heat. When the oil is hot, add the onion and saute until tender, about 3-5 minutes, but do not let the onion brown. Add the rice and the pumpkin, and stir. Add the wine. Stir and cook until the wine evaporates. Add just enough stock to cover the rice. Mix slowly, making sure the rice does not stick to the bottom of the pan. Once the stock is nearly absorbed, add more stock to cover. Repeat this process until the rice has absorbed all the broth, about 18-19 minutes. The rice should be cooked through with a slightly chewy texture. Remove risotto from heat. Add the parmigiano-reggiano and yogurt. Mix vigorously until the risotto is well blended and has a creamy texture. Serve immediately.

For more information, including nutritional information, see this link.

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