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Novemeber 2010 Edition:

Golf Benefit Raises Over $10,000 For Diabetes Research

Ankle & Foot Care Centers raised more than $10,000 for diabetes research during its August golf benefit outing.

The event, held at the Lake Club in Poland, attracted 128 area golfers and more than 50 corporate and hole sponsors. The $10,660 raised for the Tri-County Chapter of American Diabetes Association represents funds from entry fees, sponsorships and donations.

The outing was the 12th one organized by Ankle & Foot Care Centers, the region’s largest provider of podiatric care. The 12 events have together raised more than $90,000 for diabetes research.

“We are very pleased to see local golfers and sponsors team up with our podiatrists to support diabetes research,” said Dr. Michele Anania, a partner at Ankle & Foot Care Centers and lead organizer of the event.

“Together, advanced foot care and diabetes research go a long way toward addressing the effects of the disease and preventing complications.”

Ankle & Foot Care Centers has been a strong ADA supporter for many years, providing financial contributions while organizing support groups for diabetes patients and their families and helping to raise awareness of diabetes, especially as it affects the feet and ankles.

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New Video with Dr. Barrett Addresses Plantar Fasciitis

Dr. Joseph FranciscoA new video featuring Dr. John E. Barrett of Ankle & Foot Care Centers addresses a safe and effective treatment for plantar fasciitis, a condition marked by intense heel pain.

(View it on YouTube here.)

The video explains the use of extracorporeal shockwave therapy, or ESWT, as a way to relieve plantar fasciitis in patients whose condition does not respond to more conservative approaches. ESWT is safe and effective, and Dr. Barrett explains in the video how it works.

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Nerve Procedure Helps Niles Woman Walk Without Pain

The pain in her right foot got so bad that Linda Oldacres felt it throughout entire days.

“It hurt when I walked, it hurt when I got up in the morning and sometimes it hurt all day long,” Linda recalls of the peripheral neuropathy that plagued her for over a year.

The problem with Linda’s foot was that nerves in what’s known as the tarsal tunnel were compressed, causing the “stabbing pain” that sidelined her.

In February 2010, a nerve test at Ankle & Foot Care Centers revealed that Linda did indeed suffer from that condition. Shortly thereafter, Dr. Joseph Francisco performed a nerve-decompression surgery, relieving her pain so dramatically that it surprised her.

“I was hesitant at first,” said Linda, 54, of Niles. “But after the procedure was explained, I could hardly wait.

“I can't believe the difference it has made, and only wish I had met [Dr. Francisco] and had the surgery sooner. Awesome results!!!”

Now Linda walks anywhere from 2 to 5 miles in her neighborhood in the evenings.

“It’s not 100 percent pain free, but it’s much, much better than it was,” she said.

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Skin Grafts Help Boardman Woman Beat Ulcer

When a bothersome sore appeared on Tina Kayser’s right foot last year, she figured it was a blister.

But within just a few months, it expanded into a seriously painful blister that made it nearly impossible for her to stand, let alone walk.

Fortunately, she sought out the care of Dr. Kenneth Emch at Ankle & Foot Care Centers and received skin-graft surgery and therapy that put her back on her feet.

“Dr. Emch was a godsend,” she said.

When her foot first began to bother her, in August 2009, Tina blamed the pain on a new pair of shoes. She figured her blister would go away as she got used to the new shoes.

“I was hard-headed and decided to just doctor it myself,” she recalled. “But then it got almost as large as a 50-cent piece, and it opened up.

“So I went online to see which doctors were covered, and I went there to Ankle & Foot Care Centers’ Boardman office.”

After some tests, Tina was diagnosed as a diabetic. Her “blister” was a diabetic ulcer.

Although the diagnosis was discouraging, she was encouraged that it was determined quickly enough for her ulcer to be swiftly addressed.

Dr. Emch applied three different skin grafts to her foot to heal up the ulcer. The first procedure occurred in late 2009 and the next two in early 2010.

“My foot got better with each one,” Tina recalled. “The ulcer ended up being fully covered, and it got to the point where I didn’t even have to wear a band-aid or anything on it.”

She went back to work in April at her job as a customer-service representative.

Tina has had a few “setbacks” that have required her to use a special boot that keeps pressure off of her healed wound.

But the severe pain from late 2009 is gone, and she gives Dr. Emch and the Ankle & Foot Care staff much of the credit.

“It was a very long process, but I couldn’t have asked for better people to work with me,” Tina said.

“I think a lot of it is the faith you have in your doctor, and I have all the faith in the world in him.”

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Meet the Doc: Dr. Joseph Francisco

Dr. Joseph FranciscoDr. Joseph J. Francisco has been with Ankle & Foot Care Centers since 2001.

He earned a doctor of podiatric medicine degree from the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine in Cleveland and completed residency training at Forum Health North Side Hospital.

Dr. Francisco sees patients at our Austintown, Columbiana offices and at St. Elizabeth’s Wound Care Center.

He enjoys golfing, running and coaching his kids soccer teams.

Dr. Francisco lives in Canfield with his wife Sharon and his 3 children.

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