Daniel L. Reminga, D.P.M., F.A.C.F.A.S.
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By Daniel Reminga
April 26, 2012
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When someone looks concerned we often say that they appear to be “carrying the weight of the world on their shoulders”.  Carrying the weight of your entire body on your feet can also be a cause of concern.

How does weight effect your feet?

Your feet bear the weight of your entire body as they carry you through your daily activities and routine. When you think about it…it’s not surprising that being overweight can lead to foot problems. The feet can withstand only so much weight bearing, too much weight can overload the tendons, ligaments, and bones. All that extra pressure on the feet can cause and intensify injury and chronic pain. The amount of extra weight on your feet doesn’t have to be large, even small amounts of excess weight can take a toll.

Experts in the foot and ankle, like Dr. Reminga, have found that too much body weight may increase your chances of developing a variety of painful conditions in your feet. These conditions include:

• Flat feet

• Inflamed tendons

• Osteoarthritis

• Heel pain

Even if weight gain doesn’t cause these problems, it can make them much worse. As a result, a highly dangerous condition occurs... inactivity. When your feet hurt you don’t want to engage in weight bearing activity. People stop going for walks, or working out on their treadmills. Even a trip to the grocery store becomes difficult. Inactivity then contributes to weight gain and other health problems. Dr. Reminga suggests swimming, biking, or elliptical exercise machines as good choices that won’t put extra strain on the feet. As little as an extra 10-20 lbs. can tip the scales and cause problems in the foot and ankle. When overweight, problems can develop in a person’s posture. In this case, the knees tend to come closer together while walking. This shifts the body weight to the insides of the feet. As a result, extra pressure is placed on the arches and tendons in the feet and ankles often leading to hip, knee, and back problems.

Other problems relating to weight and feet

What are some other conditions that relate to being overweight?

Plantar Fasciitis or Tendonitis- These are the most common foot conditions from being overweight. When an excess amount of weight is bearing down on your feet, this will cause the tendons and ligaments to be overused resulting in injury and inflammation.

Collapsed Arches- Excess body weight causes ligaments, muscles, and tendons, which are the supporting structures in your feet, to become weakened and stretched. Overtime this wear and tear breaks down the structure of the feet, resulting in pain to your feet, over pronation, how ones feet hit the ground, and lead to other problems such as pain in the knees and hips.

Gout- This condition affects joints in your feet and ankles. It is known to cause severe, sharp pain. According to Dr. Reminga, the pain is typically located in the big toe. Gout develops when uric acid, a crystallized substance, accumulates in the joints. When a person is overweight, they are more likely to develop gout due to the increased production of uric acid in the body.

Diabetes- Dr. Reminga says, one of the main risk factors that raise your risk of diabetes is being overweight. Diabetes can cause numbness and reduce the amount of blood flow to your feet. Small injuries may occur without even noticing them. As a result, these injuries may heal slowly and the likelihood of developing infection is more likely. Serious problems can even lead to the loss of your feet. In one year, more than 70,000 people with diabetes had to have a foot or lower leg removed surgically.

Peripheral arterial disease- This condition is characterized by the accumulation of plaque in the walls of arteries in the legs. This results in reduced flow of blood to the feet. According to Dr. Reminga, being overweight is a preventable risk factor for peripheral arterial disease.

Dr. Reminga recommends an exercise plan that starts out slowly to help you lose weight. Swimming, biking, and elliptical exercise machines are good choices when starting an exercise program because they have a low impact effect on your feet and at the same time provides cardiovascular benefits.

Too much weight is bad for your heart, your lungs, your knees and even your brain. If you gaze downward, you’ll find the place where you literally feel the extra pounds first…your feet. Dr. Reminga says, “the foot is an amazing machine however; close attention must be paid to your foot health”.

Dr. Reminga at Northern Foot Care Center can help. Dr. Reminga is an expert with 27 years experience in treating foot and ankle problems. Call our office today at 906-482-9950 for a consultation to see how Dr. Reminga can assist you with your foot and ankle pain.


By Daniel Reminga
April 12, 2012
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“My Feet Are Killing Me!”

Have you ever uttered those words? Taking a moment to sit back with your feet elevated could help to alleviate your discomfort. It’s true… Elevate to Alleviate! Standing on your feet all day or for long hours cuts down on the circulation in your feet and can cause soreness and pain even if there’s nothing medically wrong.

In addition to elevating your feet, it’s very important to wear supportive shoes that are comfortable. Shoes that have very little support, such as high heels or flats, without support or padding, can make the situation worse. So can shoes that don’t fit properly. Not all shoes are created equal; make sure you’ve got the best footwear your budget will allow. At Northern Foot Care Center we offer a wide variety of shoes that can make a difference in how you get through your day. With over 200 styles to choose from there’s something for everyone. Dr. Reminga can evaluate and recommend the best possible shoes for each individuals need. What could be better than having a board certified foot specialist determine what type of shoe would be best for you? We also participate in the Medicare Diabetic shoe program so Dr. Reminga can help diabetic patients stay on their feet and help prevent foot ulcers and amputations.

Causes of Poor Circulation

Poor circulation is a common cause of foot discomfort. While standing on your feet all day can cause poor circulation resulting in discomfort, the most common causes of poor circulation to the feet and legs are atherosclerosis, diabetes, and peripheral arterial disease or P.A.D., plaque build-up in the arteries restricting blood flow.  All of these affect the lower extremities. People with peripheral arterial disease or P.A.D. have four-to-five times the risk of heart attack or stroke, according to the American Heart Association. Living an inactive lifestyle, smoking, having high blood pressure or cholesterol can have a direct effect on your circulation and influence the development of cardiovascular problems. During the final trimester of pregnancy, woman can experience poor circulation because the enlarged uterus applies pressure to the blood vessels of the pelvis and legs.

Symptoms

What are some common symptoms of poor circulation? The symptoms can vary depending on the artery that is being affected. Most commonly, coldness or numbness of the feet are definite signs of poor circulation. The skin may also have a blue or red tint. Swelling of the feet, ankles, or legs are other indications of circulation problems since the blood furthest from the heart has to work harder to return upwards through the circulatory system. If you have these symptoms, Dr. Reminga can determine the cause and suggest the steps to help treat your situation. In the meantime, elevating your legs can ease discomfort due to poor circulation.

Elevating your legs can help the discomfort in the legs, ankles, and feet that is associated with poor circulation. Dr. Reminga says, “Elevate your feet for a minimum of 30 minutes. If possible, the longer you can elevate your legs and feet the better. Elevate your feet higher than your heart, approximately 8 to 12 inches above your heart is best. This allows the fluids that have pooled up in your lower extremities to drain. While elevating, perform rotating exercises to improve circulation. Elevating your feet will not treat your poor circulation; however, it can ease swelling and discomfort.” Lifestyle changes and treating the underlying medical conditions can also improve circulation. In addition, Dr. Reminga offers a treatment called Microvas Therapy which helps to elevate blood flow and tissue oxygenation which in turn helps stimulate angiogenesis (a healing and rebuilding mechanism) within the body. Microvas Therapy is only available at Northern Foot Care Center. To learn more about this breakthrough non-invasive treatment call our office at 906-482-9950 for information or to schedule your evaluation. Poor circulation is only one condition that Microvas Therapy can treat. The effects of this therapy are dramatic and lasting. Dr. Reminga is proud to offer this important new tool in the treatment of conditions relating to vascular insufficiency (poor circulation).

Pain is not normal. At Northern Foot Care Center, Dr. Reminga is here to help. Your feet deserve special care; you’ll be in good hands when you make your appointment with Dr. Reminga. He is the only board certified foot specialist in the area with over 27 years of experience.