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Arlene Kavanagh is a physician assistant with Dr. Mechrefe’s team. Although she is trained in the care and management of general orthopedic issues, she has a specialized interest and training in foot and ankle reconstruction. She sees patients in the office setting and assists Dr. Mechrefe in the operating room. She feels patient education is key to compliance and better outcomes for her patients and makes it a priority.

She earned her Combined Sciences degree from Youngstown State University and completed her Masters of Physician Assistant Studies at James Madison University in Virginia. She is nationally certified by the National Commission for Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA). She is also a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) and the Rhode Island Academy of Physician Assistants (RIAPA).

Arlene enjoys spending time with and talking about her family. She hails from northeastern Ohio and is an avid Ohio State football fan.


  • Undergraduate: Youngstown State University, B.S. in Chemistry & Biology
  • Graduate: James Madison University, Masters in Physician Assistant Studies


Professional Associations

  • NCCPA certified
  • Member of AAPA and RIAPA
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December 16, 2020 / Ankle & Foot / Arlene Kavanagh

Big toe. Big problems.

The big toe, or hallux, can have several pain generators. The pain can vary from annoying to debilitating. The first metatarsal phalangeal (MTP) joint is where the long bone (metatarsal) of the foot meets the big toe. This joint can have multiple issues. Some of the common ones are listed below.

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July 31, 2019 / Ankle & Foot / Arlene Kavanagh

Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is a very common issue across all age groups. It affects the young, the old, the active, and the not-so-active. The onset is usually gradual, with worsening pain in the heel and/or bottom of the foot, particularly the first few steps in the morning. It is mostly unilateral, but can affect both feet simultaneously. There are many risk factors for plantar fasciitis including .....

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September 13, 2018 / Knee Knee Pain / Arlene Kavanagh


One of the most common knee complaints is a condition called patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS). It frequently presents as a dull, throbbing pain around the knee cap (patella). Some patients complain of a clicking sensation when sitting for a period of time and then standing. It can also cause buckling in the knee, where the knee “gives out” when walking or standing. There are many causes of PFPS, most of which can be attributed to one common denominator,....

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