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A newsletter from Ankle & Foot Care Centers.

Third Quarter 2017 Edition:


Ankle & Foot Diabetes Golf Benefit Set for Aug. 18 at Pine Lakes

Ankle & Foot Care Centers will host its 19th annual Diabetes Golf Benefit on Friday, August 18, at the Pine Lakes Golf Club at 6233 W. Liberty St. in Hubbard. The tournament will help raise money for the Diabetes Partnership of Mahoning Valley. Read more.

Copyright © August 2017 Ankle & Foot Care Centers

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Surgery, Therapy Boost Recovery From Mysterious Foot Injury

Erica Scott credits Dr. Fahim's patience and listening as key to her recovery

For more than a year, Erica Scott had tremendous pain in her right foot, making it almost impossible to walk. Despite a variety of treatments, the pain persisted. But a careful analysis last year by Dr. Ramy Fahim of Ankle & Foot Care Centers uncovered a long-overlooked break in her right foot and led to surgery that has reduced her pain.

"The pain I feel now is nowhere near what I experienced before my surgery," said Erica, 42, of Warren. "There is a huge difference."

Erica has been an Ankle & Foot patient since 2008, when Dr. Craig Beaudis treated her for a heel spur. In 2010, she suffered knee injuries -- tears to her anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), medial collateral ligament (MCL) and meniscus.

When the pain in her right foot began to flare up early last year and conventional treatments didn't help, she suspected she had hurt her foot when suffering the knee injuries.

"It got to the point where the pain became unbearable with every step I took," Erica said. "I was in excruciating pain and used to tell my husband that I wonder if I had broken my foot somehow during my knee injuries and nobody noticed."

Erica was right. Although not apparent in x-rays or MRI at the time, Dr. Fahim determined that she had indeed broken her foot years earlier during the first injury to her knee and that this was causing midfoot arthritis in her right foot.

"First thing I noticed about Dr. Fahim is that he takes the time to listen to you and is extremely focused in finding out the root of the problem," Erica said. "He has a wonderful bedside manner."

In November, Dr. Fahim and his team performed a midfoot fusion and ankle stabilization surgery for Erica. She was in a cast for over three months with no weight bearing and says although the bone is healed, she understands it will take some time for her muscles to make a full recovery.

She is keeping up with therapy and it is getting less and less painful to walk on her right foot.

"I was only 40 at the time of this problem and was faced with a possibility of not being able to walk anymore," Erica recalled. "Dr. Fahim saved me from becoming permanently debilitated at a young age."

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Dr. Carbonell Credits Family as Biggest Motivator



Here are Dr. Carbonell and Natalia at PNC Park in Pittsburgh.

When Dr. Christian Carbonell is not in the office, he can be found spending time with his family and enjoying his role of father to his four-year-old daughter, Natalia.

"Having her has been a wonderful motivator in working even harder at my job so I can provide for her in the future," Dr. Carbonell said. "She's amazing and definitely keeps me on my toes every single day."

The medical field has been a part of Dr. Carbonell's life for as long as he can remember. A Youngstown native, he is the son of a well-known surgical oncologist, Dr. Fernando Carbonell.

Originally from Colombia, Dr. Carbonell's parents moved to Ohio in 1958 and his father would go on to serve the Youngstown area for over 35 years. "He was a huge motivator in my life to become a medical professional," Dr. Carbonell said.

Dr. Carbonell graduated from The Ohio State University with a bachelor of science degree and obtained his doctorate in podiatric medicine in Cleveland at the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine (now known as the Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine).

During his time at Ohio State, he connected with Dr. Edward Fiffick, a local podiatrist and NFL referee who sparked his interest in podiatry. Dr. Carbonell credits Dr. Fiffick and his research at Ohio State in shaping his future career as a podiatrist.

"Through the research being done at Ohio State, I began to see that the diabetic population was going to explode in the future, thus increasing the demand for podiatrists who can take care of those conditions," Dr. Carbonell said. "I saw that as an opportunity to go into a field where I was needed."

Dr. Carbonell completed externships in Miami, Fla., and Youngstown and a residency at St. Michael Hospital in Cleveland. He would then return to Youngstown and go into private practice for three years before coming to work full time with Ankle & Foot Care Centers.

This past year, he became re-certified by the American Board of Wound Management and continues to have the designation of CWS (certified wound specialist). He specializes in diabetic foot care and overall wound care. He also performs extra carporal shock wave therapy at Ankle & Foot Care's Boardman office.

Dr. Carbonell credits Ankle & Foot's standardized treatment protocols that result in a higher percentage of success for lower extremity treatment as the key factor in the practice's success.

"The physicians here are all highly trained and are experienced in lower extremity care," he said.

Outside of podiatry, Dr. Carbonell enjoys golfing and traveling. He has traveled to Colombia several times to do charity work and offer his medical knowledge to the country. Though it has been several years since his last trip, he hopes to continue providing charity work in Colombia in the future.

"For now, I am just looking forward to traveling with my daughter for the first time to Colombia and simply enjoying the country and relaxing with her."

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26-Year Employee Enjoys Working With Best Friends



Tina (center) and two friends at Ankle & Foot, Sheila Koontz (left) and Maryellen Ramos, recently went out to celebrate a coworker's birthday after work.

For Tina Adkins, a day at work is a day spent with her best friends. An employee of 26 years at Ankle & Foot Care, Tina says the people she works with are one of the reasons she loves what she does. "We are like a family here," Tina says. "From the doctors I work with, to the administrative staff, to my coworkers, everyone is very supportive of one another."

As an orthotic technician at the Boardman diagnostic center, Tina has the opportunity to work with patients one-on-one to evaluate them for custom-made orthotics. She also works side-by-side with doctors as a medical assistant.

"I really enjoy being able to design an orthotic that will help patients with their pain," Tina said.

"Each day tends to be different and that is partly because I have a variety of responsibilities. I am able to work with a doctor one day, then work with patients on designing orthotics another day and then with new hires on employee training the next."

Tina's roles do not stop there. While she is working full time, she is taking classes and training to become a certified pedorthist.

"I take the state boards for my CPED certification in the fall," she said. "After that, I will be able to treat and dispense orthotics and braces for anything below the knee without a doctor."

Tina appreciates the flexibility and support that come with working for Ankle & Foot, as she can switch shifts with coworkers and take vacation time. One of her vacation spots happens to be California, where her oldest and youngest sons live.

"I love spending time with my three sons and my grandbabies, Carter, Liberty, and Grayson," she said.

When Tina is not working, taking classes or spending time with her family, she is hanging out with her friends. She enjoys going swimming and to parties at the home of her best friend, Maryellen Ramos, who also happens to be a coworker.

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From the Kitchen: Seasonal Heirloom Tomato Salad

From The Kitchen

(From the Kitchen recipes are provided by the Diabetes Partnership of the Mahoning Valley.)

Summertime has officially begun and we have the perfect meal to compliment a sunny afternoon. A quick and simple dish using fresh tomatoes, this salad is both nutritious and delightful to eat!

Serving Size: 4 people
Diabetic Friendly: Yes
 

Ingredients

4 large heirloom or beefsteak tomatoes, thinly sliced (10-12 each)
1/2 med red onion, thinly sliced
2 tablespoons aged balsamic vinegar
1 1/2 teaspoon extra virgin-olive oil
From The Kitchen 1/4 teaspoons sea salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup thinly sliced fresh basil leaves

Instructions

Arrange the tomatoes on a platter in an overlapping style. Scatter the onion on top of the tomatoes. In a small bowl or liquid measuring cup, whisk the vinegar and oil. Drizzle the vinaigrette over the tomatoes. Sprinkle with the salt, pepper and basil and serve
For more information, including nutritional information, see this link.

From Jackie Newgent, via diabetes.org

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