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September 2009 Edition:

Ankle & Foot Care Centers Sponsor Diabetes Step Out Walk in Canfield

Ankle & Foot Care Centers will be the presenting sponsor of Step Out: Walk to Fight Diabetes, scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, at the Canfield Fairgrounds.

The Step Out walk is the American Diabetes Association's signature fundraising walk, taking place in 160 cities across the United States to raise money to find a cure for the nearly 24 million Americans living with diabetes and to help improve their lives.

“We are very pleased to be the presenting sponsor of this event that supports diabetes research,” said Dr. Lawrence A. DiDomenico, managing partner at Ankle & Foot Care Centers. “As many of our patients are diabetics, we have been at forefront of diabetic research initiatives for many years.”

Participants register and recruit co-workers, friends and family members to walk and raise money.

Walkers will enjoy a light breakfast, entertainment, music and healthy living exhibits before stepping out on either the one- or four-mile routes that begin and end at the Canfield Fairgrounds.

They will be welcomed back at the finish line with a light lunch and additional festivities.

Participants who raise at least $100 will receive a 2009 commemorative Step Out T-shirt. Those who raise $200 or more will earn a special thank you gift in recognition of their fund-raising achievements.

Organizers are hoping to raise $90,000 in the local event. The funds will support research to prevent, cure and manage diabetes; deliver services; provide objective and credible information; and give voice to those denied their rights because of diabetes.

Those wishing to sign up can contact the ADA at (216) 328-9989 or 1-888-DIABETES (1-888-342-2383), extension 6765 or visit the Step Out site here.

Copyright © September 2009 Ankle & Foot Care Centers

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Shockwave Therapy Relieves Heel Pain for Poland Woman

Shockwave Therapy Relieves Heel Pain for Poland WomanJanet Filbert of Poland used to feel a severe burning sensation in her right foot, likely as a result of her job.

“I spent a lot of time climbing and standing on a ladder at work,” she recalled. “For over a year, I tried painkillers, but they provided temporarily relief at best.

“I tried injections, too, and they didn’t help much either. Neither did some new exercises or the stretchers or foot inserts I tried.”

Eventually, Janet recalls, the pain got to the point where she could not even walk without feeling pain.

“Whenever I did walk, I had to sit down and take breaks,” she said. “I always wanted to go lay down, just to get off of my feet. It was just a miserable condition.”

Then her podiatrist, Dr. John Chiaro Jr. of Ankle & Foot Care Centers, recommended extracorporeal shockwave therapy, or “ESWT,” to take care of the heel pain.

After an exam, Dr. Chiaro used a hand-held device to gently transmit shockwaves over a targeted area on her foot. Based on Janet’s feedback, he zeroed in on a more specific target area.

Within a few weeks of Janet’s first treatment, the pain started to go away.

“I had phenomenal results!” she said. “Now I can walk as much as I’d like without that pain.”

Copyright © September 2009 Ankle & Foot Care Centers

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Meet the Doc: Dr. Robert Debiec

Dr. Robert DebiecDr. Robert Debiec of Ankle & Foot Care Centers was one of the founders of Ankle and Foot Care Centers in 1995.

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

Dr. Debiec is a certified wound specialist and is board-certified as a surgeon by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery. He is a fellow with the American College of Foot Ankle Surgeons.

He sees patients in our Boardman, Poland and Niles offices.

When he’s away from the office and hospital, Dr. Debiec enjoys watching football and hockey. He is a big fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Pittsburgh Penguins.

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

Copyright © September 2009 Ankle & Foot Care Centers

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Fast Action Helps Podiatrists Get Athletes Back in Action Quickly

Fast Action Helps Podiatrists Get Athletes Back in Action QuicklyNBA All-Stars, Olympic competitors, and World Cup soccer stars all have a lot in common other than their status as professional athletes.

Many have sought the advice of a podiatric physician and found significant relief for foot and ankle problems. All athletes work hard to achieve their goals, and most are extremely dedicated to their sport. Their bodies are finely tuned, and they know almost immediately when something just isn’t right.

Many they are still prone to injury. These injuries can include:

  • Sprains of the ankle and foot.
  • Irritation of tendons, such as the Achilles tendon.
  • Irritation of ligaments, such as the plantar fascia.
  • Stress fractures.
  • Irritation of previous deformities or conditions.

The majority of new injuries can be linked to errors in training. It is important to design training regimens carefully around a progressive increase in intensity and frequency. In a word, allow the body adapt to the new demands being placed upon it.

Once training errors have been addressed, the podiatric physician and surgeon can be invaluable in managing faults in the form and function of the foot and ankle.

In addition, since podiatric physicians are familiar with gait cycles and their relationships to different sports, they can often evaluate issues that can be corrected in order to significantly improve times or overall performance.

Treating patients aggressively so that they are able to resume their sport as quickly as possible with minimal risk for re-injury is the highest priority for athletes and for podiatric physicians who treat these athletes.

With an unsurpassed knowledge of the foot and ankle, the podiatric physician and surgeon is uniquely adept at treating these and other sports-related problems.

Copyright © September 2009 American Podiatric Medical Association and Ankle & Foot Care Centers

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