Daniel L. Reminga, D.P.M., F.A.C.F.A.S.
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By Daniel Reminga
December 10, 2012
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Mom’s Sugar Cookies
Recipe makes 48 cookies
¾ C. butter, softened (a stick plus ½ stick)
1 C. vegetable oil
1 C. confectioners’ sugar
1 C. white sugar
2 eggs
1 t. vanilla extract
1 t. lemon extract
4 C. all purpose flour
1 t. cream of tartar
1 t. baking soda
1 t. salt

Directions:
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

1. Sift together the flour, cream of tartar, baking soda and salt.
Set aside.
2. Cream the butter until soft and fluffy. Add the oil until
mixture is smooth.
3. Add the confectioners’ sugar, and white sugar until well
blended. Stir in the eggs, vanilla, and lemon extracts.
4. Gradually mix in the dry ingredients until well blended. Be
careful not to over mix.
5. Roll the dough into walnut size balls. Place the cookies 2
inches apart onto the cookie sheet. Line your cookie sheet
with parchment paper for even browning. Flatten cookies to
1/8 inch thickness using the bottom of a glass dipped in
powdered sugar. This will prevent the cookies from sticking
to the glass.
6. Bake for 9-12 minutes, or until edges are golden brown.
The longer the cookies are baked, the crispier they will be.
Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before
transferring to cooling rack.
7. Ice cookies and decorate as desired.
Icing:
1 C. confectioners’ sugar
2 t. milk or half and half
2 t. light corn syrup
¼ vanilla or almond extract
Assorted food coloring
1. In a small bowl, stir the confectioners’ sugar and milk until
smooth. Beat in corn syrup and extract until icing is smooth
and glossy. If icing is too thick, add more corn syrup.
2. Divide into separate bowls and add food coloring. Spread
icing on cookies with a knife, or place frosting in zip lock
bag. Snip the tip of the bag and pipe frosting onto cookies.
Sprinkle with various decorator candies
.

Enjoy Dr. Reminga’s favorite cookies!

Standing for long periods of time is common during the holidays.  The kitchen seems to be a familiar place with all the baking and preparations that are a big part of the season. Feet can get achy, sore and easily fatigued as a result. Dr. Reminga, at Northern Foot Care Center has some helpful tips for your exhausted holiday feet!

Dr. Reminga’s Tips:

  • Stand on a cushioned mat while working. This will help absorb the pressure that the feet absorb when bearing down on a hard surface for extended periods.
     
  • Keep a stool handy. Sit down for periods of time when standing for prolonged periods. This will help take pressure off the feet and allow them to rest. Do as much work as possible sitting down. This will help reserve your energy so that you can get more done instead of quitting because your feet are too sore and fatigued.
     
  • Make sure your shoes aren’t too tight. Wear a shoe with good support. If your shoe have laces, make sure they are tied comfortably which will help avoid extra pressure on your feet.
     
  • Foot and body alignments needs to be correct. When we are standing for long periods, our whole body should be aligned properly, from head to toe. If our feet are not aligned properly, the whole body can become fatigued quickly. At Northern Foot Care Center, Dr. Reminga, a board certified foot and ankle specialist says, “If your feet are not aligned properly, you can experience foot pain, knee pain, back pain, joint pain as well as neck pain and headaches.” All of these conditions can stem from our feet. Dr.  Reminga may recommend orthotics, a custom fabricated corrective device which are placed in the shoes.

Dr. Reminga and the Staff at Northern Foot Care Center would like to wish everyone the Happiest of Holidays and all the Best in the New Year!

 


By Daniel Reminga
December 10, 2012
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Oh the weather outside is frightful, the fire is so delightful…We all know that song. It’s played over and over during the holidays. It’s so true, the weather can be frightful this time of year and kicking your feet up by the fireplace can be delightful after a long day of holiday hustle and bustle!

Another truth that goes along with the winter months is the fact that our feet can pay a price due to the “frightful” weather and the dry conditions associated with this time of year. A crackling fireplace is delightful; however, cracking, dry skin on our feet and ankles is not.

We come to expect it…, along with winter comes dry air. First we feel it in our hair and skin. Our hands look chapped and parched and our hair feels brittle and lifeless.

When our socks come off, our feet can look frightful! Dry, cracked and flaky skin on the feet can result in discomfort and can lead to full-blown foot pain. Dr. Reminga, at Northern Foot Care Center, in Houghton, MI, offers some helpful ways to go from frightful holiday feet to delightful holiday feet!

Dr. Reminga, a board certified foot and ankle specialist, says, “Some people have chronic dry skin their whole lives. Others develop dry skin as they age due to the body’s loss of moisture and elasticity. This change can affect the whole body, including the feet. It is a fact that the feet are most likely to have dry skin over any other part of the body. If this condition is left untreated, the skin can crack becoming very uncomfortable and painful.

The areas most likely to acquire dry skin are on the backs of the heels and under the toes.” Dr. Reminga goes on to say, “Xeroderma is a mild dryskin condition that results from the seasonal decrease in humidity levels. This condition most often affects older people in the wintertime. The reason for this is due to the fact that older people have less moisture in their skin than those that are younger. In addition, severe dry-skin conditions such as, eczema and psoriasis are both characterized by rashes that produce scabby and very itchy skin. Both eczema and psoriasis can show up all over the body, including the feet. If these conditions occur between the toes and cause the skin to crack, walking can become painful.” Dr. Reminga warns, “If eczema and psoriasis become chronic, causing dry cracked skin most apparent around the edges of the heel, this can be a warning sign of diabetes or a thyroid disorder.” So, it is very important to have your feet checked if you are experiencing dry, cracked skin. A board certified foot and ankle specialist, like Dr. Reminga can diagnose the type of skin condition you have and can prescribe the proper treatment plan for your condition.

Dr. Reminga’s precautions:

  • Avoid wearing shoes without socks. Before bed, apply a good moisturizer and wear cotton socks.  This will help the moisturizer to soak into your dry skin overnight.
  • Use a humidifier in your home. A humidity gauge is also helpful to place in your home. This device ranges from dry to humid and will show where the air in your home falls on the gauge. If it falls within the “comfort zone”, your air is at a safe and healthy level. If it falls below the “comfort zone” you know you need to add more moisture in the air.
  • When you shower, use lukewarm or cool water. If you prefer a bath, use bath oil. Be extra careful when getting in and out of the bathtub when using any type of oil in your bath water.
  • Don’t bathe more than once a day. Over cleaning the skin depletes its natural moisture.
  • Avoid harsh soaps that contain detergents. A soap with natural ingredients and one that contains a type of natural oil, such as olive oil, is a good choice. Avoid soaps that contain moisture-wicking sodium laureth sulfates or alcohol.
  • After bathing, apply a moisturizer overall as well as the feet. A natural body lotion or moisturizer containing essential oils will help to seal in the moisture.

If you are suffering from eczema, psoriasis, or any other skin condition on your feet or ankles, call Dr. Reminga, at 906-482-9950. Dr. Reminga can determine what type of treatment would work best for your particular condition.  At Northern Foot Care Center, Dr. Reminga is specially trained in the foot and ankle. He has been in practice for over 27 years. Your feet don’t have to hurt.

We are here to help.

Please feel free to call us at
906-482-9950
Call today to schedule your consultation with Dr. Reminga.


By Daniel Reminga
December 03, 2012
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Holiday Foot Tips

Standing in long lines, scouring the shopping isles for that last minute gift, attending Christmas parties, cooking, hauling packages to the post office…and the list goes on and on. Our feet take a beating during the hustle and bustle of the holiday season!

Dr. Reminga, at Northern Foot Care Center, in Houghton, MI, recommends some helpful tips to keep you and your feet happy this holiday.

Dr. Reminga’s Tips:

Leave the high heel shoes at home. Dr. Reminga says, “Wear comfortable shoes. It seems like common sense, however, when shopping, most people don’t realize how long they will actually be on their feet and how much distance they will be walking. The endless isles at the stores and walking from your parking place to the storefront can add up to more steps than you anticipate. A walking or running shoe is most preferable to accommodate comfort and prevent foot pain. Improper or tight shoes can cause pain, rubbing, and blisters. They can also aggravate Bunions, Hammertoes and other foot deformities.” A fun day of shopping can quickly turn into a miserable day of foot pain.

Wear cotton socks to help absorb moisture. Cotton based socks will help to keep your feet dry. Dr. Reminga says, “Sweaty feet can be caused by stress on the feet. All day shopping produces pressure and stress on the feet. Under normal conditions your feet can put out ½ cup of sweat per day. There are more sweat glands per inch on the foot than anywhere else in the body. Some people just put out more sweat than average. This can lead to foot problems such as, bacterial infections, athlete’s foot, blisters, and overall discomfort.”

Lighten your load. Shopping bags can weigh you down. Dr. Reminga suggests frequent trips to the car to unload packages. Dr. Reminga says, “Use a shopping cart when they are available. Also, try to distribute the weight of shopping bags on both sides of your body. Body alignment can shift when carrying shopping bags on one side. Also, a heavy purse can alter body alignment. When our body alignment is off, we tend to compensate how we walk. This can result in foot and back pain by the end of a long shopping day.

Keep your energy up. Take frequent breaks. Enjoy a snack and stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water. It’s also important to remember to rest your feet frequently. Dr. Reminga says, “If possible, elevate your feet as often as you are able. Elevating your feet will help reduce swelling of the feet and ankles. Edema, or swelling in the feet, can lead to more serious problems and should not be treated lightly. While taking a shopping break, it is good to exercise your feet by rotating the ankles and stretching the toes and feet.’

Take a break. After a long, grueling day on your feet it’s important to take a break and rest your feet. Dr. Reminga suggests, “Soak your feet in a warm Epson salt bath. This will help relieve muscle strain and stiffness, soothe aches, remove odors, and soften rough skin. Add ½ cup of Epson salt to a large pan of warm water and enjoy a nice relaxing foot bath, after all, you earned it! Remember to thoroughly pat dry your feet when you’re finished.” Dr. Reminga cautions diabetic patients that soaking the feet is not recommended.

Dr. Reminga, at Northern Foot Care Center, wants everyone to have a healthy and happy holiday season. Your feet aren’t suppose to hurt.

If your feet hurt, call our office today
for a consultation.
906-482-2093.


We will schedule your consultation right away. You can be confident when you choose Dr. Daniel Reminga as your board-certified foot and ankle specialist. He has over 27 years of experience and will help get you back on your feet again!