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Shoe Drive Collects 1,000+ Pairs for Needy

Ankle & Foot Care Centers' 2009 shoe drive collected more than 1,000 pairs of shoes for local residents.

The new and nearly shoes were donated by patients, employees and physicians at Ankle & Foot Care Centers' 20 locations throughout the region between late November and early January.

The shoes were delivered recently to the Salvation Army for distribution to families in Mahoning and Trumbull counties next month.

"Despite difficult economic times, many of our patients decided to 'give the gift of shoes' to a person in need," said Michael Vallas, practice administrator at Ankle & Foot Care Centers.

"This has been a tradition here since 1998, and we are very pleased to see the response remain so strong each year."

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New Treatment Gets Meter Reader Back in Step

As a water meter reader, Linda depends on her ability to walk up to five miles a day.

So life took a harsh turn for the worse in 2007 when she stepped into a snow-covered drainage ditch and severely injured her foot.

"I was on crutches and wore an air cast," said Linda, a Youngstown resident. "But I could not put my foot down and stand. Any weight at all made it very painful."

Her new foot doctor, Dr. Kenneth Emch of Ankle & Foot Care Centers, performed some tests and recommended extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT), an advanced treatment for heel pain.

The results, according to Linda, were swift.

"He gave me some Novacaine to numb the area and applied the shockwaves to my left foot," she recalled.

"The very next day, I was able to get out of bed and walk around. It was really something. I could walk around easily, and did not have any pain."

A few months later, Dr. Emch applied the same treatment to her right foot.

"And the same thing happened," Linda said.

"Before too long, I was back in the business of reading meters. I walk between five and eight miles a day, and there is no more pain."

Copyright © January 2010 Ankle & Foot Care Centers


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Meet the Doc: Dr. Thomas Groner

Dr. Thomas GronerDr. Thomas W. Groner of Ankle & Foot Care Centers was recently named assistant clinical director of the podiatric residency program at Alliance Community Hospital.

Dr. Groner has been with Ankle & Foot Care Centers since 2004. He earned a doctor of podiatric medicine degree from the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine in Cleveland and completed his residency training at Forum Health North Side Medical Center in Youngstown.

Dr. Groner is a certified wound specialist and is board-qualified as a surgeon by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery. He sees patients in our Alliance and Niles offices.

When he’s away from the office and hospital, Dr. Groner enjoys reading and jogging.

He lives in lives in Canfield with his wife, Leanne, and three children.

Copyright © January 2010 Ankle & Foot Care Centers

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Follow These Tips When Buying New Boots

Follow These Tips When Buying New BootsBoots have long been a practical choice for the winter, but today’s boots are also a fashion statement. Even those who don’t need to worry about cold weather are opting for boots this season.

If you follow some specific "podiatrist-approved" advice, you will be comfortable wearing your boots regardless of where you live and what type of temperatures you have to endure.

1. Have your feet measured before trying on boots. The size of your feet can change throughout your life. Keep in mind that your boot size may not be the same in all styles and brands of boots. Try to fit boots in the afternoon, when your feet are at their largest. And buy your boots for your larger foot—did you know that most feet are not the exact same size?

2. Boots should feel comfortable when you try them on in the store. Don’t think you can "break them in" because more than likely if they aren't comfortable in the store, they won't be comfortable in three more weeks. Boots constructed of natural materials, like leather, will keep your feet dry and comfortable during the winter months. Stay away from synthetics and plastics which will cause your feet to sweat, trapping in heat and moisture and causing odor

3. Bring your prescribed insoles or orthotics when boot shopping. The rigid shape of some boots limits natural foot movement and provides no arch support. A good insole inside the boot will cushion your foot and provide that much needed support.

4. While you are in the store, think about how you will be using your boot. If you opt for furry snow boots, you will want to look for rubber soles with deep grooves to give you the best traction. Obviously, those narrow high heels and spikes look fashionable, but they won't be a good choice on snowy days. Choose a lower heel or stacked heel for additional support.

5. Work with a knowledgeable sales-person. With good advice, along with your orthotics or insoles, you can not only be comfortable, but you can also improve your performance on the ice and snow. When in doubt about any type of boot, ask your podiatrist for recommendations.

Often the doctor can help you make the best choice for your foot type and even for a specific sport.

Copyright © January 2010 American Podiatric Medical Association and Ankle & Foot Care Centers

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