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July 2010 Edition:

Ankle & Foot Golf Outing to Benefit Diabetes Research

Ankle & Foot Care Centers is planning its 12th annual American Diabetes Association Golf Benefit, a four-person golf scramble set for Monday, Aug. 16, at the Lake Club in Poland.

The tournament raises money for diabetes research, through Ankle & Foot Care Centers and the Tri-County Chapter of the American Diabetes Association.

A shotgun start is scheduled for 11:30 a.m., following sign-in at 10:30. The $90 fee per golfer includes 18 holes of golf, cart, lunch, beverages on the course, awards and dinner at the newly renovated Lake Club.

Registration deadline is Friday, Aug. 6. Golfers can register by calling Michael Vallas at Ankle & Foot Care Centers, 330-629-8800.

Diabetes is a devastating disease that affects the lives of millions of Americans. The ADA’s goal is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by the disease.

Ankle & Foot Care Centers has been a strong supporter of the ADA’s Tri-County Chapter for many years, and has sponsored the outing annually since 1999. These have events have raised more than $79,000 for the local ADA chapter.

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Nerve Procedure Puts Waitress Back on Her Feet

For three years, Frances Cox of Youngstown battled severe numbness, pain and burning in her feet. It got so bad at night that she often could not sleep.

One day, in June 2009, while she was at work as a waitress, both of her legs started burning and she lost all of her feeling in them. She fell down.

Frances was diagnosed with peripheral neuropathy, a loss of feeling in the feet as a result of nerve damage that is usually brought on by diabetes. She had it in both of her feet.

A month later, Dr. Lawrence DiDomenico of Ankle & Foot Care Centers performed surgery to decompress the nerves in her left foot, and the results were quick.

“I could not have asked for a better outcome,” Frances said.

“I was nervous at first, because this was about my ability to walk. But I went from being able to walk about 5 percent of the time, and for about 10 minutes, to being able to walk as I please.”

Two months later, Dr. DiDomenico did the same surgery her right foot.

“Now I can walk straight for 30 minutes without any discomfort in either leg,” Frances said.

“It is beautiful. I can actually go to sleep at night and not have the aching, the burning, the numbness and the tingling in my left legs as before. They did an awesome job.”

Frances is back to work, now as a waitress at the Country Pride Restaurant in Austintown.

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Dr. Carbonell Lends Hand to Foot Care in Colombia

Dr. Christian CarbonellDr. Christian Carbonell, a podiatric physician with Ankle & Foot Care Centers since 1997, recently helped a group of underprivileged children in Colombia with foot deformities.

Dr. Carbonell screened all five kids in Cartagena, a major city in the South American country, and donated orthotics designed to rehabilitate their foot issues.

“The medical care in Cartagena is very good, but the podiatry is nothing like we have in the United States,” he said.

Dr. Carbonell earned an undergraduate degree from the Ohio State University and a doctor of podiatric medicine degree from the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine in Cleveland. He completed residency training at St. Michael Hospital in Cleveland.

He is board-certified by the American Board of Podiatric Orthopedics & Primary Podiatric Medicine and is a certified wound specialist.

Dr. Carbonell sees patients in our Boardman, Youngstown and Lake Milton offices.

When he’s away from the office and hospital, he enjoys golf, working out and travel. He lives in Liberty.

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Keep Your Feet Safe on the Beach

Keep Your Feet Safe on the BeachOne perk of a beach vacation is lounging happily with your toes in the warm weather, shoe-free, with the sand at your feet.

But alas, your dream vacation does come with its own set of foot troubles. Since we’d all rather spend time collecting sea shells than doctor’s bills, here are some ways to prevent foot predicaments so you can enjoy your vacation:

Limit walking barefoot as it exposes feet to sunburn, as well as plantar warts, athlete’s foot, ring-worm, and other infections and also increases risk of injury to your feet.

Wear shoes or flip-flops around the pool, to the beach, in the locker room, and even on the carpeting or in the bathroom of your hotel room to prevent injuries and limit the likelihood of contracting any bacterial infections.

Apply sunscreen all over your feet, especially the tops and fronts of ankles and don’t forget to reapply after you’ve been in the water.

Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water throughout the day. This will not only help with overall health, but will also minimize any foot swelling caused by the heat.

Keep your blood flowing with periodic ankle flexes, toe wiggles and calf stretches. Take a walk and enjoy the view every few hours.

Wear the right footwear. Some activities at the beach, lake, or river may require different types of footwear, so be sure to ask the contact at each activity if specific shoes are needed. To be safe, always pack an extra pair of sneakers or protective water shoes.

If your shoes will be getting wet, they should be dried out completely before your next wearing to prevent bacteria or fungus from growing.

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

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