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ANKLE & FOOT CARE NEWSLETTER


A newsletter from Ankle & Foot Care Centers.

March 2011 Edition:


Dr. Podolsky to Speak at Niles Diabetic Program

Dr. David PodolskyIndividuals with diabetes and their families are invited to a free diabetes program scheduled in Niles Thursday, March 24, featuring Dr. David Podolsky, a podiatrist with Ankle & Foot Care Centers.

Dr. Podolsky will talk about diabetic foot care, as well as bunions and hammertoes, at the meeting of the Ankle & Foot Care Niles Diabetic Support Group.

The meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Shepherd of the Valley, 1500 McKinley Ave., Niles.

Admission is free, but reservations are required and can be made by calling 330.544.0771, Ext. 2817. Light refreshments will be served.

Dr. Podolsky has been with Ankle & Foot Care Centers since July 2002, and treats patients in the Niles, Austintown and Champion offices.

Copyright © March 2011 Ankle & Foot Care Centers

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Emergency Surgery & Care Help Campbell Woman Walk Again

When a foot injury turned into a major infection, Mary Ann Perez almost lost a foot.

But an emergency surgery by Dr. Lawrence DiDomenico and several weeks of follow-up therapy cleared the infection, and she is walking fine right now.

“I have my foot and I’m blessed,” said Mary Ann, a Campbell resident. “I could put a shoe on it and walk. If it wasn’t for Dr. DiDomenico, I would not have a foot to walk on.”

Mary Ann injured her left foot last June on the job in the cafeteria at Northside Medical Center. She was working in the kitchen and tripped over some coffee pot hoses, she said.

Within a couple days, her foot swelled up “like a balloon,” she recalled, and her bruise turned a very dark purple. Even though her injury was being treated regularly, as she wore a special boot for protection, her foot kept swelling and adding blisters.

One day between her regular appointments with the doctor who was treating her injury, Mary Ann’s sister-in-law, who is a nurse, told her to make a special appointment.

“That’s when Dr. DiDomenico took a look at it, and he said I had to go to surgery right away,” she recalled. “So they admitted me and I had the surgery that day.”

The next day Mary Ann learned that although her recovery would be long and difficult, she had just escaped losing her foot to a severe diabetic infection.

She underwent two months of therapy and recovery, the first segment in a long-term care hospital and the rest at home. The wound from her surgery had to be treated with a vacuum assisted closure, often called a wound VAC, which draws fluid away from wounds to promote healing.

After seven weeks of therapy and rest, Dr. DiDomenico “told me to put on a shoe and start walking, and I did. I was so grateful.”

In November, after six months off work, Mary Ann returned to Northside Medical Center in a lighter-duty job. Although she still has some pain and some swelling, she is able to walk just fine.

“I didn’t realize how close I was to losing my toes and my foot,” she said.

“I cannot say enough things about this doctor,” she added. “If not for him, I would be in a wheelchair. I tell everybody about it. Do you know what it’s like to feel like you owe someone? That’s how I feel.”

Copyright © March 2011 Ankle & Foot Care Centers

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Meet the Doc: Dr. Kwame Williams

Dr. Kwame WilliamsDr. Kwame Williams has been with Ankle & Foot Care Centers since 2008.

He sees patients in our Boardman, Liberty and Youngstown offices.

When he’s away from the office and hospital, Dr. Williams enjoys running and spending time with his son.

He lives in Boardman.

Dr. Williams 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.

Copyright © March 2011 Ankle & Foot Care Centers

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Chronic Cold Feet Could Signal Raynaud's Phenomenon

Chronic Cold Feet Could Signal Raynaud's Phenomenon

If you suffer from chronically cold hands and feet, the winter weather may not be your only concern.

Raynaud’s phenomenon (RP) is a common, benign vascular disorder characterized by episodes of constriction of very small arteries in the toes and fingers, usually in response to cold temperatures or stress.

Symptoms in the fingers and toes include unusual paleness and/or a red or bluish color to the skin. Occasionally other parts of the body are affected including the nose, ears, and/or tongue.

RP does not usually occur in association with any other underlying disorder and may also be referred to as primary Raynaud’s disease.

RP most frequently affects women, especially in their 20s, 30s, and 40s. The causes of RP are unknown.

Commonly, RP manifests itself when you see your fingers and toes go through a three-phase color sequence. Initially, the digit(s) involved turn white due to a diminished blood supply. They then turn blue because of prolonged lack of oxygen, and finally, the blood vessels reopen, causing a local “flushing” phenomenon, which turns the fingers and toes red.

This sequence (white to blue to red), most often occurring due to exposure to cold temperatures, is characteristic of RP.

Your podiatrist is an excellent source for diagnosis and treatment. People with Raynaud’s phenomenon should take extra precautions to protect themselves from cold exposure.

Copyright © March 2011 American Podiatric Medical Association and Ankle & Foot Care Centers

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From The Kitchen: Easter Pie

From The KitchenHere is one of Practice Administrator Mike Vallas's favorite recipes. Watch this space each month for a new recipe.

Easter Pie (as remembered by Aunt Evelyn & Gram)

Ingredients: makes 8 pies

Crust: (this is a single recipe; however I make a double recipe of dough to make sure I have enough)
13 1/2 cups flour
6 eggs beaten
3 packages dry yeast
dissolve yeast in 1/2 cup of warm milk & 2 tablespoons of sugar
1 1/2 sticks butter
2 1/4 cups of whole milk (keep 1/2 cup for yeast)
1 1/2 cups of sugar
1 1/2 teaspoon salt

Melt butter in warm milk; add salt to flour; mix sugar into eggs; create well in flour and incorporate egg mixture in flour; add milk/butter mixture to flour; add yeast last. Cover w/plastic wrap & towel and let rise.

Filling:
4 dozen of eggs, beaten
2 lbs of grated cheese
4 lbs of basket cheese
2 lbs provolone
2 lbs of mozzarella
2 lbs of Swiss
2 lbs of brick
4 sticks of pepperoni (at least 2 lbs)

Grate cheeses in food processor; cut pepperoni in chunks; add grated cheese to egg mixture; combine all ingredients, mix thoroughly.

Roll out dough for top and bottom; fill pies, top with dough then crimp edges; brush pie tops with egg wash, cut slits in top to vent, and line edges w/tin foil to prevent burning.

Preheat oven to 350 – 375; bake pies for 1 hour, rotating between top & bottom racks half-way through.

*** All ingredients and baking times are approximate; works best if great-grandmother is nearby to comment and chase grandson around.

Copyright © March 2011 Ankle & Foot Care Centers

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