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December 2012 Edition:

Shoe Drive to Benefit Salvation Army

Shoe Drive to Benefit Salvation ArmyPodiatric physicians and staff with Ankle & Foot Care Centers are gearing up for the practice’s annual Shoe Drive, and is urging holiday shoppers to help the area’s less fortunate by buying and donating new pairs of shoes.

The doctors aim to collect more than 800 pairs of shoes between Nov. 19 and Jan. 4. Shoe collection stations will soon be in place at each of the group’s 18 Mahoning Valley locations, all of which are accepting new or nearly new shoes. Acceptable shoes range from children’s sizes to adult, both men and women, and all types of shoes from athletic to dress to casual.

“The beneficiaries of our shoe drive are families right here in the Mahoning Valley who are in the greatest need,” said Michael Vallas, practice administrator at Ankle & Foot Care Centers. “Proper footwear is among the most basic human needs, and yet there are so many individuals and families who aren’t able to afford them. Through the generosity of our employees, patients and neighbors we’re fortunate and proud through this shoe drive to help hundreds of people in our community find a decent pair of shoes.”

Since 1998, Ankle & Foot Care Centers has helped local shoppers donate thousands of pairs of shoes to local needy families. Ankle & Foot Care Centers works with the Salvation Army, who in February will distribute the shoes collected this year to individuals throughout Mahoning and Trumbull counties.

Copyright © November 2012 Ankle & Foot Care Centers

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How Well Do You Know Your Podiatrist?

How Well Do You Know Your Podiatrist?Ankle & Foot Care Centers has pulled back the curtain and given patients and friends of the practice unprecedented access through its Facebook page.

Have you checked out our Facebook page lately?

If you haven’t, you missed seeing many of us in our Halloween costumes; and Dr. Kwame Williams in a two-part interview on WFMJ-TV 21 on the topic of healthy running; and photos of employees and doctors with their families participating in the Youngstown Step Out: Walk for Diabetes. And much more.

It’s not too late to jump on board. Interact with the practice, be the first to know about scheduled events, learn about timely foot and ankle health topics, and see first-hand what we’re doing in our community by “liking” our Facebook page today.


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Dr. Anania Links Systemic Diseases to the Feet

They’re our most basic form of mobility. They’re used, and often pushed to the limits, every day. And they’re sometimes even taken for granted. Yet the condition of our feet can tell us so much about our overall health, and can even be an early warning sign for pending serious health consequences.

Meet the Doc“The truth is there are several systemic diseases that manifest in the foot,” said Dr. Michelle Anania of Ankle & Foot Care Centers. “Diabetes is the biggest, but we’re also talking about peripheral vascular disease, osteoporosis, low back issues and skin cancers.”

Dr. Anania spoke on this topic at the request of Humility of Mary Health Partners in Boardman in October, and is scheduled to present it again at Leo’s in Howland on Nov. 6 to a group from St. Joseph’s. It’s this kind of broad exposure to patient populations and foot health scenarios that first interested Dr. Anania to pursue podiatry as a career.

“I’m a general practice podiatric physician, so I see a little flavor of a lot of different things, and that’s why podiatry can be so interesting,” she said. “I see everyone from infants with ingrown toenails and soft tissue masses to high school and college student-athletes to the elderly. There’s never a dull moment.”

Dr. Anania and her father participated in the recent Youngstown Step Out: Walk for Diabetes.
Dr. Anania and her father participated in the recent Youngstown Step Out: Walk for Diabetes.

Dr. Anania started with Ankle & Foot Care Centers in 2001 after finishing residencies at the DePaul Health Center in St. Louis and the Cleveland Clinic. She spends most days at the Austintown office, but also maintains a satellite office in Struthers and sees patients one day per week in Champion. She also sees wound care patients in nursing homes and is the staff podiatrist at Greenbriar Rehabilitation Hospital, Vibra Hospital and Belmont Pines.

Even when not seeing patients in the office Dr. Anania gives back to her profession. This past summer she spent time in Togo, West Africa providing medical care for children in a remote village. She also coordinates the practice’s annual golf outing to raise money for the American Diabetes Association. The event raised more than $13,000 this year, and a combined total of approximately $125,000 during its 14-year run.

Born and raised in Austintown, Dr. Anania still maintains her residence there. In her downtime she enjoys traveling, hiking and biking, and has her sights set on a trip to Australia as her next overseas adventure.

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Garnet Johnson: Appreciating A Work Life Balance

When Potters Medical Center closed in 1994 Garnet Johnson needed a job. She applied to work at the front desk at a small podiatry practice in her hometown of East Liverpool. That small practice, with three doctors and three offices, has since blossomed into an 18 office, regional practice. And Garnet is still there, 17 years later, now keeping very busy doing the billing for all the offices.

Employee SpotlightKeeping up with the ever-changing insurance industry is a challenge, and Garnet makes it a point to keep on reading and learning on and off the job so she can help the practice’s patients. That dedication is very apparent in the billing office.

“We have a very strong billing group,” she said. “They’re very smart and do their best to achieve the goals set by the practice administrator and the physicians.”

She thinks the practice has been so successful because it’s not just the doctors who are compassionate, but the whole staff.

“Due to the kindness, compassion and patience shown to our patients by the front desk and medical techs, the patients actually look forward to their doctor visit,” Garnet said.

The doctors, meanwhile, allow their employees the flexibility they need to take care of themselves and their families.

“When life throws you a curve, they adjust,” she said. “They’re very understanding. That’s their biggest attribute.”

Garnet, and her husband of two months, both wake up at 4 a.m. to get to work by the time many of us are just rolling out of bed. Working a full-time job in four long days allows her to have Mondays off to take care of her family. And there’s also that added benefit of not worrying about going to work after a good Steelers game.

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Limb-Threatening Infection Clears Following Proper Treatment

Eighty-four year-old Myron Williams of Boardman fell going down the stairs of his home and hit the floor hard. “I thought I would have a week or two of pain and soreness, but then be back to normal,” he said of the May 2011 accident.

That wasn’t the case. Four months later, Myron was still dealing with the pain of a severely swollen leg that got dangerously infected. The infection proved so bad that Myron was facing the possibility of losing his leg entirely. He was in and out of emergency rooms, doctors’ offices and a nursing home, when a family friend referred him to the Boardman office of Ankle & Foot Care Centers.

Limb-Threatening Infection Clears Following Proper TreatmentIn August of 2011, Dr. Lawrence A. DiDomenico operated on the leg that contained a persistent limb-threatening infection. He used a vacuum-like procedure to clean out the leg and then put Myron on a very strong antibiotic.

Myron is very proud of his progress. “Dr. DiDomenico told me that he has never seen anyone heal as fast as I did at my age. I am getting around really well now.”

The photos taken prior to the surgery and several months following the procedure are proof of his improvement. Myron said, “You wouldn’t believe the before and after pictures of my leg. Dr. DiDomenico is fantastic and very professional. He took extra time to make sure my leg would not be lost. I recommend him very highly.”

Myron’s daughter Iris Jackson echoed her father’s sentiments. “We recommend him a thousand times over. My dad’s leg looks good now. We were so worried that he would end up having his leg amputated. And now, he is getting around really well at age 84.”

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Bunions: Causes, Prevention and Treatments

Bunions: Causes, Prevention and TreatmentsA bunion is an enlargement on the side of the foot near the base of the big toe (hallux)—the metatarsophalangeal (MTP) joint. A bunion forms when the bone or tissue at the big toe joint moves out of place. The toe is forced to bend toward the others, causing an often painful lump of bone on the foot.

Wearing improperly fitted shoes is partly to blame for your bunions, but your shoes are not the underlying cause. Heredity definitely plays a role as well. You do not inherit the bunion, but you inherit the foot type that may lead to bunions. Other possible causes of bunions include foot injuries, neuromuscular disorders (cerebral palsy and rheumatoid arthritis), or congenital deformities. People who suffer from flat feet or low arches are likely to develop bunions. People in occupations such as teaching, nursing, and dancing are susceptible to bunions.

Some of the signs and symptoms associated with bunions include:

  • Pain on the inside of your foot at the big toe
  • Swelling
  • Redness on the inside of your foot at the big toe joint
  • Numbness or burning in the big toe

Conservative treatments for bunions include the following:

  • Wearing the Right Kind of Shoe—Shoes should have a wide, flexible sole to support the foot and provide enough room in the toe box to accommodate the bunion.
  • Medications—Anti-inflammatory drugs and cortisone injections can be prescribed by your podiatric physician to ease acute pain and inflammation.
  • Orthotic Devices—In some cases, custom orthotic devices may be provided by your podiatric physician.
  • Surgical Options—If conservative measures fail and you still have pain that interferes with daily activities, you may need surgery to relieve pressure and return the toe joint to its normal position.

The most common types of bunion surgery include bunionectomy and osteotomy. Bunionectomy involves shaving off the enlarged portion of the bone and realigning the muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Osteotomy is the preferred choice for severe bunions and involves making a cut in the bone, rotating the bone, and fixing it in place with pins and screws.

If surgery is required, your podiatric physician will discuss your surgical options as well as steps to take for a successful recuperation.

For more information about bunions, visit and click on Learn About Feet.

Copyright © November 2012 American Podiatric Medical Association and Ankle & Foot Care Centers

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From The Kitchen: Sweet Potato-Pecan Casserole

YFrom The Kitchenield: Serves 8

Cooking spray
3 1/2 pounds sweet potatoes (about 5 medium), peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks
1/3 cup honey
1 large egg
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
Kosher salt
1 tablespoon packed dark brown sugar
1/3 cup finely chopped pecans

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Mist an 8-inch square baking dish with cooking spray.

Bring a few inches of water to a boil in a pot with a large steamer basket in place. Put the sweet potatoes in the basket, cover and steam until tender, 20 to 25 minutes. Transfer the potatoes to a bowl and let cool slightly. Add the honey, egg, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, the nutmeg, ginger and 1/2 teaspoon salt; whip with an electric mixer until smooth. Spread the sweet potato mixture in the prepared baking dish.

Mix the brown sugar, pecans and the remaining 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon in a bowl; sprinkle over the potatoes. Bake until hot and beginning to brown around the edges, 40 to 45 minutes.

Total time: 1 hour, 15 minutes

From The Kitchen: Sweet Potato-Pecan Casserole

Per serving: Calories 160; Fat 4 g (Saturated 1 g); Cholesterol 25 mg; Sodium 180 mg; Carbohydrate 31 g; Fiber 3 g; Protein 3 g

Copyright © 2012 Food Network Magazine

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