U.S. Rep. Jim Himes, D-4, recently visited the new offices of the Foot & Ankle Institute of Darien to learn about the "meaningful use" federal grant program in operation.

The institute, at 800 Post Road, helps to alleviate patients' foot and ankle ailments and to educate them on the proper treatment programs. The original practice was founded in 1986 by Dr. Robert F. Weiss, and was known as the Podiatry Center of Darien. In 2008, Weiss' son Scott joined the practice, which was renamed the Foot and Ankle Institute of Darien.

Dr, Scott H. Weiss completed a four-year foot and ankle reconstructive surgical residency at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center/Harvard Medical School in Boston. His specialty involves the comprehensive treatment of reconstructive foot and ankle surgery, using the newest and most advanced techniques. He is board certified by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery and is a fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons.

Robert Weiss' interests are in sports medicine, and is knopwn to many as "The Running Doctor." He writes a column for the Darien News and New Canaan News. He too specializes in foot and ankle surgery. He was a member of the Medical Advisory Committee of the 1984 and 1988 Olympic Marathon Trials, and is a veteran of 35 marathons.

The institute uses computer systems to transmit information about patient care to hospitals and electronically send prescriptions to pharmacies.

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