Daniel L. Reminga, D.P.M., F.A.C.F.A.S.
Foot Doctor Houghton, MI
801 Memorial Rd.
Houghton, MI 49931 US
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By contactus@northernfootandankle.com
October 24, 2017
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Halloween is almost here... are your feet scary looking due to skin conditions on your feet? There are many skin conditions that can affect the feet and some do look a little scary! As a board certified foot and ankle specialist, Dr. Reminga treats dermatological conditions of the feet and hands. Skin problems on the feet and ankles can be complicated. Dr. Reminga talks in-depth about the specific types of skin conditions that can cause problems for many people. Bacterial infections are on the rise and can require aggressive treatment. An advanced level of understanding skin conditions is required when found on the feet and hands.

One of the most common skin conditions is fungal infections. If left untreated this type of infection can spread to the toenails and other areas. These infections are referred to as tinea pedis, known as athletes foot, and... onychomycosis, a fungal infection of the toenails or fingernails. Onychomycosis invades the nailbed. Dr. Reminga goes on to describe these conditions and states that onychomycosis is the most common nail disease in adults. He also talks about warts on the hands and feet. Dr. Reminga commonly treats this condition as well in his office at Northern Foot Care Center. Contact dermatitis, eczema, melanoma, skin cancer, and the mrsa virus are all discussed in today's program. Don't let your feet SCARE you... listen to today's program.

Dr. Daniel Reminga's Weekly Radio Show "Your Feet Your Health" airs every Wednesday at 10 am & 5 pm on WKMJ 93.5FM, WMPL 920AM, WUPY 101.1FM radio. Listen to past recordings here.


By contactus@northernfootandankle.com
October 18, 2017
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In today’s program Dr. Reminga talks about the biomechanics of the feet and ankles which form a complex system that has a direct affect on the rest of the body. In past programs, Dr. Reminga has stated, in past programs, that the feet can be a warning sign of disease. Improper foot biomechanics can lead to ankle, knee, hip, and back pain leading all the way to the head.

The structure and function of our two feet are a masterpiece of engineering as Leonardo Da Vinci described. Think about it… the foot and ankle consists of 28 bones, 33 joints, 112 ligaments, controlled by 13 extrinsic and 21 intrinsic muscles. The foot is also divided into sections.. Rearfoot, midfoot, and forefoot. They function as rigid structures to support the forceful weight that bears down on them when we walk. They also function as flexible structures to conform and adjust to movement on uneven ground. The feet also provide many important functions such as… supporting body weight, providing balance and shock absorption, propelling our bodies forward and side to side, as well as transporting us from one point to another.

The bone structures in the feet and ankles are surrounded by ligaments that hold everything in place along with tendons that connect the muscles to the bones making our feet move. Then… there’s the blood vessels that feed the cells and carry away waste and… the nerves in the feet and ankles send information to and from the brain. Finally, all of this is covered by skin and nails that protect from damage and infection. The feet and ankles are quite a complex machine, wouldn’t you agree?

Dr. Reminga continues to discuss foot biomechanics and gait. Gait basically has two cycles… the stance cycle and the swing cycle. So why is gait important when it comes to the feet and ankles? Dr. Reminga explains this relationship. Faulty foot function can lead to bunions, hammertoes, arch pain, sprains, shin splints, heel pain, leg, hip, and back pain as well as many other conditions which hinder walking and moving around in comfort.

Listen to today’s program and connect the dots when it comes to your foot or ankle pain.

Dr. Daniel Reminga's Weekly Radio Show "Your Feet Your Health" airs every Wednesday at 10 am & 5 pm on WKMJ 93.5FM, WMPL 920AM, WUPY 101.1FM radio. Listen to past recordings here.


By contactus@northernfootandankle.com
October 10, 2017
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Back to school season is well underway. Children may dread the pain of homework but foot pain can also be something that causes pain for kids. Dr. Reminga goes through a checklist for parents that should be helpful. The development of a child’s foot and lower leg is critical as they go through life. Healthy feet can help to ensure a happy, healthy, and active adult life. The feet and ankles shouldn’t be overlooked when evaluating a child’s health. Kid’s feet and legs develop rapidly so it becomes difficult for parents to know what’s normal and what’s not. A new school year is a good time for parents to bring their children into Northern Foot Care Center. Aside from foot pain and injuries, which should be evaluated and treated as they occur, Dr. Reminga recommends that parents bring their child in to be evaluated once every 6 months from the ages of 4-18. Then, once every year after that.

Now… onto the checklist. There are 4 Warning Signs that parents should look for.

  1. Parents should look at the bottoms of their child’s shoes to determine if the shoes are showing uneven wear patterns on the soles.
  2. Take notice if your child walks irregularly.
  3. Do you notice that your child often trips or stumbles?
  4. Does your child complain of tired legs, night pains and cramping?

Dr. Reminga goes in depth when talking about these warning signs. He talks about foot pain, foot injuries, and “growing pains” for example. You’ll want to listen carefully when he talks about the controversial view on “growing pains” in children. Today’s program will provide parents with valuable insight about their children’s foot health.

Dr. Daniel Reminga's Weekly Radio Show "Your Feet Your Health" airs every Wednesday at 10 am & 5 pm on WKMJ 93.5FM, WMPL 920AM, WUPY 101.1FM radio. Listen to past recordings here.


By contactus@northernfootandankle.com
October 03, 2017
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When we're on our feet, our arches are the primary structures, of our bodies, that absorb and return force. When this support structure is altered, pain and injury may result. There are many causes of arch pain. Direct force trauma, ligament sprains, muscle strains, poor biomechanical alignment,stress fractures, overuse, inflammatory arthritis, or... the tightness or lack of tightness of the joints in the foot may all cause pain in the arch.

Injury to the plantar fascia is a common cause of arch pain. The plantar fascia is the thick, connective tissue which supports the arch on the bottom of the foot, connecting the heel bone to the toes. In addition, Sprain, strain, bruises, and fractures can cause stress to the arch resulting in pain. There is also a genetic component when it comes to arch pain. Dr. Reminga talks more in depth about the causes of pain in the arch area including a test that may provide you with some interesting information about your arch. Listen to today’s program and learn about the symptoms, causes, and treatments for arch pain.

Dr. Daniel Reminga's Weekly Radio Show "Your Feet Your Health" airs every Wednesday at 10 am & 5 pm on WKMJ 93.5FM, WMPL 920AM, WUPY 101.1FM radio. Listen to past recordings here.