genHkids is 2013 OCI Foundation Chip in fore Charity $20,000 Grant Winner

genHKidsLogoOutlinedSPRINGFIELD, IL, July 29, 2013– The Orthopedic Center of Illinois Foundation (OCIF) today announced that genHkids was selected to receive $20,000 as the beneficiary for the 10th Annual OCIF Open: Chip in fore Charity.  The community impact grant will be funded through proceeds from the OCIF annual golf outing scheduled for September 23 at Illini Country Club.

“We are really excited to celebrate the 10th anniversary of our event by honoring genHkids and the work they do in our community to provide healthy futures for our children,” said OCIF Board Member Ron Romanelli, M.D. “Many very deserving organizations applied for the grant, but ultimately the mission of genHkids paralleled that of the Foundation: to provide educational opportunities about health initiatives that impact our community.”

“The genHkids Coalition is pleased and honored to be the recipient of the 2013 OCIF Foundation Grant,” said genHkids President & Founder Kemia Sarraf, M.D. “We are grateful both for the acknowledgement of our efforts, and for the generous funding that will allow us to continue and expand upon our mission to create a generation of healthy, empowered kids through education, improved nourishment and increased daily physical activity — in other words:  Eat Real – Move More!  Our thanks to the OCIF Foundation and its Board for their vision and efforts on behalf of Springfield’s children.  genHkids looks forward to beginning a meaningful and long-lasting partnership!”

This year marks the 10th anniversary of Chip in fore Charity and to date, OCIF has granted $185,000 to Springfield area organizations.  Past grant recipients include: Central Illinois Foodbank (2004), Boys and Girls Club of Springfield (2005), Contact Ministries (2006), Southwind Park (2007), Big Brothers Big Sisters (2008), Sangamon County Child Advocacy Center (2009), the Springfield YMCA (2010), Camp Care-A-Lot (2011), and Springfield Sharefest (2012).

For more information on the Foundation or to be a sponsor at this year’s event, please visit the OCIF website: or call (217) 547-9100.


10th Annual Chip in fore Charity- Sept. 23!

2013chipinforcharityblack copyThe Orthopedic Center of Illinois Foundation is in the process of planning the 10th annual Chip in fore Charity golf tournament, scheduled for Monday, Sept. 23, at Illini Country Club.

Sponsorship Opportunities

We are currently seeking sponsors to participate in this exciting event! Whether you are considering a first-time sponsorship or you are a returning sponsor, this event is an opportunity to make a significant impact on the community where you live and work. Sponsorship opportunities are available at every price point, and all sponsors will receive extensive brand recognition during, before and after the event. More details are available in the brochure below.

To download a sponsorship form, click HERE.

The Course

Located in the heart of Springfield, Illini Country Club’s family oriented philosophy, 18-hole championship golf course, 30,000 square foot clubhouse, tennis courts and pool complex make this the premier private club in the Central Illinois area. The golf course enjoys a reputation as one of the best in the state and annually hosts a US Open Qualifier as well as other member and non-member golf tournaments.

2013 Grant Winner

This year, OCIF is awarding a $20,000 community impact grant from proceeds of the event. The 2013 non-profit recipient is GenHkids Coalition.  Their mission is to create a generation of healthy kids through education, empowerment, improved nourishment, and increased daily physical activity, thereby reducing the incidence of childhood obesity and its detrimental health effects.
Since its inaugural event in 2004, the Foundation has awarded a total of $165,000 to Springfield area non-profits.

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Health care and social media

Thanks to for this interesting infographic about the growing importance of social media for patients and health care providers. According to their research, Illinois is one of the highest ranking states for the amount of providers using social media platforms.

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Physician Presentation: MAKOplasty

Living with knee or hip pain?

Join Gordon Allan, M.D. and learn how MAKOplasty® – a new surgeon guided robotic arm procedure for treating osteoarthritis of the knee and hip—can help you restore your range of motion, reduce or eliminate your joint pain, and return you to the life you love.

GordonAllanMonday, August 12
6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Dove Conference Center
St. John’s Prairie Heart Institute
619 E. Mason, Springfield
To register, please call (217) 814-4308
or email



Physician Presentation: Healthful Interventions for Reducing the Risk of Osteoporosis

Bone health begins at a young age and drastically impacts the risk of osteoporosis for women and men. Dr. Kari Senica and Pat Townsend, PT, will address ways to improve bone health early to improve long-term outcomes. Learn about bone density, vitamins, exercise and other facets of remaining healthy and active.

kmsWednesday, Aug. 28, 2013
6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Orthopedic Center of Illinois
1301 S. Koke Mill, Springfield
To register, please call 217-547-9224 or click HERE.


OCIF Awards Annual Scholarship

Alice Zavelsky, a senior at Springfield High School, was awarded the Orthopedic Center of Illinois Foundation Scholarship.

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Dr. Joe Williams with 2013 scholarship recipient Alice Zavelsky.

She is the daughter of Julia and Alexander Zavelsky and will attend Carleton College in Northfield, MN, in the fall.

Her school activities include National Honor Society (Treasurer), French Club (Photographer), and Track/Field (Captain and Honor Roll). Zavelsky is an Illinois State Scholar, Honor Roll Student, and on the Presidents’ List (Lincoln Land Community College).

The Orthopedic Center of Illinois Foundation awards the annual scholarship to a deserving high school senior each year. It is a $1,000, renewable award (up to four years), and provides tuition assistance to a full-time college-bound student majoring in a health-related field.

Massage Therapy at OCI

We are now offering massage therapy through our in-house partnership with Midwest Rehab! New and current patients can take advantage of our beautiful facility and trained, professional staff.

Enjoy a variety of services including deep tissue, Swedish, prenatal, postnatal and sinus massages. We even offer a golf massage, focused on improving your range of motion, and ultimately, your score on the greens. Add some additional indulgence with a lush sugar foot scrub to rejuvenate your feet for sandal weather.

Call Midwest Rehab at 217-547-9108 to schedule an appointment today, or give the gift of relaxation with a pre-purchased massage certificate.


Ankle Arthritis: Moving Past the Pain and Getting Back on Your Feet


Total Ankle Replacement

By Barry Mulshine, M.D.
Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon

Arthritis is a common cause of chronic, activity-related pain around the ankle joint. Although arthritis more often involves the hip or knee joints, when the ankle is affected, this can significantly interfere with everyday activities.

Arthritis may be broadly categorized into two types: inflammatory and degenerative. Inflammatory arthritis includes rheumatoid arthritis, gout, and psoriatic arthritis. Typically causing episodes of pain and swelling, these are often treated with medications, but surgical treatments are sometimes indicated. Degenerative arthritis, also called osteoarthritis, or wear-and-tear arthritis, gradually worsens over time. Traumatic arthritis presents much like degenerative arthritis, but can develop following a fracture or other injury involving the ankle joint.

Early on, ankle arthritis will cause symptoms such as pain and swelling associated with increased activities. Over time, the symptoms may persist with everyday activities and even at rest. Sometimes mechanical symptoms, such as popping, grinding, or “giving out” may develop. As the arthritis worsens, the ankle joint may lose its range of motion. In more severe cases deformity can occur, and the foot may begin to deviate to one side or the other.

Treatment of Ankle Arthritis
The initial treatments for arthritis of the ankle are similar to those used to treat arthritis in any joint. Acetaminophen, anti-inflammatories, ice, or activity-modifications may help to relieve some of the pain. If the symptoms persist consideration may be given to injections or bracing.

If pain from arthritis persists despite medications, an injection of cortisone into the ankle joint may be helpful. This can be done in the office with a topical anesthetic. The benefits can be quite variable. Some patients may experience significant pain relief that lasts for several months or more, while others may find only partial improvement for a few weeks. Generally, it is not advised to repeat injections more often than two or three times per year.

Viscosupplementation injections, such as Hyalgan, Synvisc, or Supartz, which are commonly done for knee arthritis, have not been shown to be as effective for the ankle, and are generally not covered by insurance.

Another non-surgical treatment option for ankle arthritis is the use of a brace. There are numerous types of ankle braces. On one end of the spectrum are flexible, lightweight braces. These are relatively inexpensive and easy to use with shoes, but may be less effective since they still allow some motion of the ankle. On the other end of the spectrum are custom-made AFOs (ankle-foot orthosis) that better immobilize the ankle, and are therefore more effective for pain relief. However, being more bulky and cumbersome, many patients do not tolerate this type of brace.

As the severity of the arthritis progresses with time, surgical treatments may become warranted. There are three main surgical options: removal of osteophytes (spurs), ankle arthrodesis (fusion), and total ankle replacement.

Ankle Arthroscopy
Sometimes arthritis will produce bone spurs around the ankle joint that can limit the motion of the joint. In cases where this causes a significant loss of motion, and pain only at the end-point of motion, removing these spurs may be worthwhile. Often this can be done arthroscopically through two small puncture holes. This will not cure the underlying arthritis, but will alleviate symptoms caused by the prominent spurs themselves. This procedure can be done on an outpatient basis, and would allow for immediate weightbearing.

Ankle Arthrodesis (Fusion)
An arthrodesis solves the problem of a painful joint by, in essence, eliminating the joint. The goal is to fuse the tibia and talus bones together in the same way a fracture heals together. This eliminates the pain from arthritis, but sacrifices motion of the joint. Patients are generally surprised how much “ankle-like” motion remains from the adjacent joints in the foot, and how well they can walk with a fused ankle. In many cases the surgery can be done arthroscopically through small puncture incisions. A prolonged period of non-weightbearing is required, but once the fusion has healed, the pain relief is permanent.

Total Ankle Replacement (TAR)
The goal of ankle replacement surgery is to resurface the joint with metal implants and use a plastic spacer to eliminate the painful grinding of the arthritic joint while preserving the motion. Early generation TAR implants tended to loosen prematurely, but the implant technology has been steadily improving over the past decade. Some designs have shown 80-85% survival at 10 years. Given the widespread success of knee and hip replacement surgery, patients with ankle arthritis typically find this option very appealing. Indeed, patient satisfaction scores are quite high after TAR. Unfortunately, many patients are not good candidates for this surgery. Patients with severe ankle deformities should not undergo TAR. Diabetics and smokers would have higher risks of wound healing problems, and young, active patients would tend to loosen or wear out the implants.

Arthrodesis vs. TAR
When considering surgical treatment for ankle arthritis, it is very important to match the right patient to the right procedure. Patients who already have a fusion of the opposite ankle, or have fusions of other joints in the foot would likely have better function with an ankle replacement. On the other hand, patients who are smokers, diabetic, very active, or significantly overweight would be better candidates for ankle arthrodesis.

Meet Dr. Mulshine


  • MulshineGraduated from the University of Illinois College of Medicine, Rockford, Illinois
  • General Surgery Internship, Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, Springfield, Illinois
  • Residency, Orthopedic Surgery, Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, Springfield, Illinois
  • Clinical Assistant Professor, Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, Springfield, Illinois
  • Fellowship, Foot & Ankle Surgery, Michael J. Shereff, Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Center, Orthopedic Specialists of Charleston, Charleston, South Carolina
  • Certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgeons
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society

Why did you decide to go into Orthopedics?
I enjoy the hands-on, mechanical aspect of orthopedic surgery that allows me to physically “fix” what is wrong. This allows me to see the beneficial results of my work in a quicker, and usually much more visible way than is possible in other fields of medicine.

Why did you choose your sub-specialty?
During my residency, it seemed that the foot and ankle was a somewhat neglected area of orthopedics. I decided that an additional level of fellowship training in this area would allow me to provide better care to my patients with foot and ankle problems. I still enjoy practicing the rest of general orthopedics as well.

What are the most rewarding aspects of your job?
Being able to help a patient with a painful, disabling musculoskeletal problem become pain-free and able to resume activities that were previously difficult or impossible is very rewarding. I feel very blessed when I know that I have been able to play a role in helping to improve someone’s life in this tangible way.

What do you do to relax when you’re not in the office?
My wife and I have three boys, so when I’m not working I enjoy spending time with my family. I also like reading, biking, and running. In that order!