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January 8, 2007

Ankle & Foot Care Centers Add New Locations, Grow Practice in 2006
Centers are among only six in the nation to conductclinical trials on new heel pain treatment

BOARDMAN –– Ankle & Foot Care Centers, which has provided the finest quality foot care to residents of northeast Ohio and western Pennsylvania since its founding in 1994, continued its pattern of yearly growth in all phases of its operations in 2006.

From 2001 through 2006, Ankle and Foot Care Centers has grown 63 percent through the addition of new patients, new offices and new physicians.

New Ankle & Foot Care locations opened in 2006 at 4696 Mahoning Avenue in Champion and 90 Shenango Street in Greenville, Pennsylvania, while the Boardman office was relocated to a newly built facility at 8175 Market Street. Other Ankle & Foot Care Centers offices are located in Mahoning, Trumbull, Columbiana and Stark Counties.

The Centers also welcomed Dr. Adelina Azfar to its staff of podiatric physicians and surgeons. Dr. Azfar practices from the Champion office.

Using state-of-the-art equipment and treatment modalities, Ankle & Foot Care Centers’ practice encompasses sports medicine and trauma. diabetic foot care, wound care of the lower leg and foot, surgical care, physical therapy, and orthotics and diabetic shoes. Among the specialized procedures offered at Ankle & Foot Care Centers are total ankle replacement, diabetic charcot reconstruction and diabetic nerve surgery for peripheral neuropathy.

Fifteen Doctors of Podiatric Medicine are on staff, all of whom have extensive training in disorders of the ankle, foot, and lower leg. Most are Board Certified by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery.

Ankle & Foot Care Centers also offer early morning, evening and Saturday appointments; 24-hour emergency care at all area hospitals; house calls for the home-bound; and nursing home care.

Dr. Lawrence DiDimenico, Managing Partner of Ankle & Foot Care Centers, says the Centers have succeeded in this area because of the comprehensive care they provide in many disciplines that meets the highest medical standards. “We’ve proven that it’s not necessary to travel to Cleveland or Pittsburgh to receive the best possible podiatric care.”

As testimony to their status at the forefront of podiatric medicine, Ankle & Foot Care Centers were tapped by Storz, a Swiss firm, to conduct clinical trials on a new medical device designed to treat heel pain. The Centers are among only six facilities nationwide who are participating in these trials.

Patients drawn from the Centers’ 19 locations have volunteered to participate in a study that will test the effectiveness of extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT), a newer treatment modality for plantar fasciitis. This condition, which afflicts connective tissue at the bottom of the foot, leads to chronic heel pain and heel spur syndrome.

Dr. DiDimenico said he was honored that his facility was chosen to participate in the trials. “Storz liked our wide coverage area and was impressed with the way we operate our centers,” he said. “The data we gather will be an important contribution to podiatric medicine. If the trials nationwide are successful, I believe they will help establish in-office ESWT as a standard non-surgical treatment for plantar fasciitis.”

As further testimony to the reputation Ankle & Foot Care Centers enjoys in the worldwide podiatric community, Dr. DiDomenico was among physicians from across the globe who recently participated in the 14th International Symposium on Foot Surgery.

The event, sponsored by the German Orthopedic/Trauma Society, was held in Munich, Germany on December 1st and 2nd. Dr. DiDomenico was asked to lecture on surgical reconstruction of the foot and ankle. He also was part of panel of experts that fielded questions at the symposium.

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For more information, contact:

Michael Vallas, Practice Administrator
Ankle & Foot Care Centers Inc.
(330) 758-6226 ext. 207

Dan Pecchia
Pecchia Communications
(330) 720-6912

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