Daniel L. Reminga, D.P.M., F.A.C.F.A.S.
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By contactus@northernfootandankle.com
November 29, 2017
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November is National Diabetes Awareness Month. And today, Dr. Reminga shares some important information about this subject. Did you know that more than 26 million people in the US have Diabetes? This condition is characterized by too much glucose or sugar in the blood and can cause serious medical complications, including foot problems which commonly develop in people with diabetes. These complications can quickly become serious if not watch closely. Due to the excess sugar in the blood, diabetics are vulnerable to nerve damage and poor blood circulation, making the feet vulnerable to a host of problems that can worsen quickly and are difficult to treat if ignored.

Dr. Reminga identifies the foot problems that diabetics can experience such as peripheral artery disease or P.A.D., and neuropathy, which is a major complication for those with diabetes and can result in the loss of feeling in the hands and feet. Diabetics may not feel pain, heat, or cold in their legs and feet. With a diabetic foot, a wound as small as a blister, from wearing a shoe that's too tight, can cause a lot of problems. Unfortunately, there's a whole list of foot problems that can escalate for the diabetic patient, leading to pain and infection. These foot problems include... corns and calluses, blisters, ingrown toenails, plantar warts, hammertoes, bunions, athlete's foot, dry cracked skin, and fungal infections for example. Dr. Reminga provides hope for those with diabetic foot issues by providing specialized care in treating the diabetic patient.

In observance of National Diabetes Month, today’s program will help you understand more about this important subject and how diabetes affects your feet.

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
November 22, 2017
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During Thanksgiving, people think about eating more than usual. This holiday is synonymous with food, as well as a time to reflect on the good in our lives. With the excessive consumption of food comes danger due to the KIND of food being consumed. Fatty foods, rich foods that are high in sugar and fat are the culprits behind some startling foot problems associated with obesity, diabetes, and gout. All of which are all affected by the foods we eat.

Obesity significantly increases the impact to our feet and ankles. Studies show that those individuals who carry extra weight, tend to have more foot and ankle problems as a rule. Most of the time, diabetics think that they are following their diet pretty well because they are not eating high-sugar foods such as cakes, cookies, and pies. What many don't realize is that foods such as bread, pasta, fruit, and coffee or tea ,sweetened with sugar, also elevate sugar levels in the blood, leading to diabetic complications. In the diabetic foot, these complications can result in numbness, or peripheral neuropathy, which can eventually lead to foot ulcerations, infections, and amputations. In addition, Thanksgiving foods can trigger painful gout symptoms in the feet. Gout is usually experienced as a throbbing pain in the joints, especially in the big toe. Gout develops when excess uric acid in your body causes small crystals to form around joints like the ones in your toes.

Dr. Reminga addresses these food related problems and describes the warning signs of obesity, diabetes, and gout. Listen to today’s program BEFORE you sit down to your Thanksgiving feast so you can enjoy a happy and healthy Thanksgiving Feast. Happy Thanksgiving!

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
November 14, 2017
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In today’s program, Dr. Reminga will be revealing some interesting information about our feet. Some of the questions and facts he presents are...Do you know how many bones are in your feet? Did you know that standing in one spot is far more tiring than walking? If you’re asked what the leading cause of disability is in the country... what would your answer be? And, did you know that 75-80% or Americans will experience foot problems at one time or another in their lives? And then there’s this… 60% of all foot and ankle injuries of those 17 and older are ankle strains and sprains. These are just some of the foot facts that Dr. Reminga will be talking about in more detail during today’s program. He discusses foot conditions such as fungal infections, bunions, ingrown toenails, corns and calluses, arthritis, joint pain and many other foot conditions that can cause foot and ankle pain. Listen to Dr Reminga in today’s program and prepared to be fascinated!

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
November 07, 2017
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In today’s program Dr. Reminga provides important information about a unique foot problem. Our topic today is about a condition that affects the joints in the foot call Charcot Foot. It’s linked to diabetes and can become a debilitating condition if not treated properly. Interestingly, Charcot Foot is on the increase nationwide. Statistics show that morbid obesity and diabetes are increasing and Charcot foot is more common among morbidly obese diabetic patients. Therefore, charcot foot is on the rise as well.

Charcot foot is a progressive, degenerative condition that causes weakness of the bones in the foot and ankle. It can occur in people who have significant nerve damage or neuropathy and… it usually affects only one foot, but 20% of patients develop it in both feet. The two most frequent causes of Charcot foot are diabetic peripheral neuropathy and alcohol induced neuropathy. Diabetics are most vulnerable to develop Charcot foot due to the nerve damage that can occur with Diabetes. High blood sugar can injure nerve fibers throughout the body, but diabetic neuropathy most often damages nerves in the legs and feet. Charcot foot causes problems with the joints in the foot due to damaged nerves. As the joints weaken the bones become susceptible to fractures.

Oftentimes, there is no pain with Charcot Foot, so as a person continues to walk and bear weight on the foot, the problems worse by continuing to breakdown of the foot’s structure. The loss of pain perception, due to neuropathy, and the loss of awareness of the foot’s position, due to muscle weakness, can result in repeated joint injuries.

Dr. Reminga continues his discussion about Charcot Foot by describing the 3 stages of this condition.

  1. The Destruction Stage
  2. The Coalescence Stage
  3. The Reconstruction Stage

Listen and learn about Charcot Foot in today’s program. Those with diabetes will find this episode of particular interest. Dr. Reminga provides great insight into a very interesting topic.

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.