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March 2010 Edition:

Quiz Helps Measure Risk of Peripheral Arterial Disease

Do you suffer from Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD)?

PAD is a serious circulatory problem in which the blood vessels that carry blood to your arms, legs, brain, or kidneys, become narrowed or clogged.

The disease affects more than 8 million Americans, most over the age of 50.

PAD may result in leg discomfort with walking, poor healing of foot and leg ulcers, difficulty to control blood pressure or symptoms of stroke.

People with the disease are at significantly increased risk for stroke and heart attack.

To help determine if you are at risk for PAD, Ankle & Foot Care Centers has posted a diagnostic quiz on its Web site.

The quick and easy quiz can be accessed here.

Copyright © March 2010 Ankle & Foot Care Centers

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Foot Procedures Help Beautician Stand Without Pain

As a beautician, Barb Heinen spends a lot of time on her feet. So when they're not right, life is difficult.

A few years ago, severe pain emerged in both of her feet, and it intensified during a vacation in Myrtle Beach.

"They hurt constantly and I could hardly walk," recalled Barb, now 55, of Colliers, W. Va., near Weirton. "I went to a foot doctor in Weirton, and started getting cortisone shots, but they didn't help at all.

"Then I had orthotics made, but that didn't help much either. I was in horrible pain."

Fortunately, a friend referred her to Dr. Lawrence DiDomenico of Ankle & Foot Care Centers. He ordered X-rays, and wound up repairing her Achilles tendon and removing bone spurs on both of her feet.

When pain persisted in her right foot, particularly around the heel and arch, Dr. DiDomenico performed extracorporeal shockwave therapy, or ESWT. Shortly thereafter, both of her feet were pain-free.

"I'm fine now and don't have any pain at all," Barb said. "I'm able to do just about anything, including walk long distances several times a week."

For more information about the ESWT procedure that helped Barb, visit the ESWT page of our Web site.

Copyright © March 2010 Ankle & Foot Care Centers

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Meet the Doc: Dr. John Barrett

Dr. John BarrettDr. John E. Barrett has been with Ankle & Foot Care Centers since 1996.

He earned a doctor of podiatric medicine degree from the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine in Cleveland and completed residency training at Youngstown Osteopathic Hospital.

Dr. Barrett is board-certified as a surgeon by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery. He sees patients in our Alliance, Boardman and Salem office(s).

In addition to his work with Ankle & Foot Care Centers, he is on staff at the St. Elizabeth Wound Care Center in Youngstown.

When he's away from the office and hospital, Dr. Barrett enjoys playing tennis and listening to music.

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

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Careful Hygiene Will Help Bench Athlete's FootCareful Hygiene Will Help Bench Athlete's Foot

While most men over 50 would love to have "athlete" associated with them in any way, this condition is not worth cheering for.

Athlete's foot is a skin disease caused by a fungus, usually occurring between the toes. The signs of athlete's foot are dry skin, itching, scaling, inflammation, and blisters.

Here are some easy foot hygiene activities that can prevent infection associated with athlete's foot:

Wash feet daily with soap and water.

Dry them carefully, especially between the toes; and

Change shoes regularly to decrease moisture, help to prevent the fungus from infecting the feet.

Avoid walking barefoot. Wear socks that keep feet dry.

Change socks frequently.

Reduce perspiration by using a powder recommended by the podiatrist.

If an apparent fungus condition does not respond to proper foot hygiene and self care, and there is no improvement within two weeks, consult your podiatric physician.

The doctor will determine if a fungus is the cause of the problem.

If it is, a specific treatment plan, including the prescription of antifungal medication, applied topically or taken by mouth, will usually be suggested.

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

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