Daniel L. Reminga, D.P.M., F.A.C.F.A.S.
Foot Doctor Houghton, MI
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Houghton, MI 49931 US
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Posts for: January, 2018

By contactus@northernfootandankle.com
January 30, 2018
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In Today’s program Dr. Reminga, from Northern Foot Care Center, talks about what you can do to soothe and pamper our feet. The feet are often neglected and the last thing on the list to tend to. They’re put through the paces each day and at some point the feet need some attention and TLC. Dr. Reminga even has a homemade foot scrub treatment to share. Taking care of your feet has many benefits. Tired, achy feet are all too common after a long day of placing demands on them. It’s important to tend to your feet on a daily basis. There’s a cosmetic benefit and a therapeutic benefit to taking care of our feet. You will also be able to detect any foot problems that may arise because you are looking at your feet more often. This will help you to determine what’s normal and what may be problematic. As long as you don’t have poor circulation, any open wounds, or other obvious problems, a foot care protocol can make you and your feet feel their best.

Since I’m sure you’re curious, here is Dr. Reminga’s foot scrub treatment. Again, if you have any skin conditions, open sores, or wounds... this foot scrub isn’t advised. So, you’ll need...

  1. 2 cups of coarse Epsom Salt
  2. ½ cup of warmed coconut oil so it liquefies
  3. 10-15 drops of Peppermint Essential Oil

Mix them all together and seal in a glass jar. This will last for 6 months, always test a small spot on your skin first, and scrub with it once a week in a foot bath, not in the shower to prevent slipping. The peppermint and coconut oil both have antiseptic and antibacterial properties as well as a refreshing, soothing effect. Sounds good, right? Listen to today’s program to find out more tips from Dr. Reminga about how to Soothe Your Soles.

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
January 23, 2018
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In today’s program, Dr. Reminga talks about a cold weather condition called Chilblains. When the weather begins to turn cold and winter settles in many people experience Chilblains. Do you have itchy feet, burning, and painful blisters that only occur in the cold weather months? If so, you may have Chilblains. This is a fairly common condition that I see in my office as temperatures start to drop. It presents initially as red, inflamed, painful patches of skin on the toes, fingers, ears, or nose. Chilblains is often confused with but different from frostbite. Medically it is referred to as Chilblains or Pernio. It often affects those who are out in cold weather for long periods of time as well as the elderly and those with diabetes... as this condition typically occurs in people with poor circulation. The origin of the word Chilblain is from Old English. “Chil” refers to a lower temperature and “Blain” is the name of a superficial area of redness and swelling.

It can be confusing and is often misdiagnosed. Chilblains is an abnormal skin reaction to cold. The difference between Frostbite or Frostnip and Chilblains is the absence or presence of moisture. Both occur with cold temperatures however, Chilblains occurs with chronic cold temperatures and in the presence of moisture such as damp, moist, wet conditions. It’s important to be aware of the risks involved with Chilblains and take extra precautions in cold weather. Diabetic patients need to be extra cautious when it comes to this cold weather condition. Listen to today's program and to learn about the chilling facts about Chilblains.

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
January 16, 2018
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In today’s program, Dr. Reminga continues his series about the different types of foot pain that skiers may encounter during a ski season. Many people look forward, with anticipation, to the arrival of snow in our area so they can enjoy the popular sports of downhill skiing, cross country skiing, and snowboarding. The sport of skiing places tremendous forces and pressure on the feet, ankles, and lower extremities. As a result, the feet can become painful with numbness, burning sensations, and general aches and pains that can quickly drain the fun and enjoyment from a day of skiing.

In the first part of this series, Dr. Reminga addressed arch pain in skiers. Today Dr. Reminga includes a variety of foot conditions that skiers experience. The first is a condition called Skier’s Toe,Toe Bang as some refer to it, or Subungual Hematoma. This is when a toenail turns black due to bleeding under the nail. It’s caused by boots that are either too loose or too tight. In either case, the feet tend to move around in the ski boots which leads to repetitive trauma oftentimes to the toes. The blackened toenail can be very painful and can stop a person from getting back on the slopes once this has occurred.

Ankle sprains, tendon ruptures, and fractures are a common conditions among skiers and snowboarders. Even though today’s ski boots are very protective, ligament and tendon injuries are common. This type of injury most often occurs when the skier awkwardly lands on the outside of their foot and twists inwards, resulting in the tissue of the foot twisting and tearing. Dr. Reminga goes into more detail about Achilles Tendonitis. The achilles tendon, which is a large ropelike band of tissue in the back of the ankle that connects the calf muscle to the heel bone, can tear if it is overstretched. With this injury, prompt treatment is key and a torn Achilles tendon will seldom heal on its own.

Dr. Reminga also touches on the types of ski boots that are most beneficial to skiers with some interesting tips and recommendations. If you love to ski, Dr. Reminga’s Series for Skiers will be timely and helpful as you head out on the slopes.

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
January 10, 2018
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In Today’s show, Dr. Reminga begins a series talking about the winter sport of skiing and the foot pain that can result. It’s that time of year again and no doubt, skiing enthusiasts are happy to see the snow. Overall, the number of competitive skiers has been increasing due to the fact that there are younger participants as well as veteran skiers that continue to participate in the sport. Few can argue that skiing is a fun sport despite the fact that it does have its risks. There are certain foot and ankle problems that arise more commonly in skiers and in this program, Dr. Reminga talks about the issues that can occur and how to avoid skiing injuries.

What can a skier do to avoid a ski season on the sidelines? Dr. Reminga talks about the foot in detail as it relates to skiing. The foot’s structure can be put to the test with all the twists and turns associated with this winter sport. Skiers with flat feet, for example, experience arch pain more commonly when skiing. Dr. Reminga explains why this is the case for those with fallen arches. A day on the slopes can end abruptly with stabbing arch pain for someone with a flat foot. This condition is referred to as “skier’s foot myalgia” or “plantar intrinsic stress syndrome”... more simply stated “arch muscle pain”. Dr. Reminga shares this and other interesting information for skiers in this episode of YOUR FEET YOUR HEALTH. Listen for his expert advice and helpful tips for in Part 1 of his 2-part series.

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
January 02, 2018
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Today, Dr. Reminga talks about foot related issues while at the gym. This may be the scenario for many people in the next month… you decide... and I mean you REALLY COMMIT to spend more time at the gym. As you start your exercise program you begin to feel the excitement of a healthier new lifestyle. But just as you enter that euphoric work-out zone… you’re lofty plan is derailed by achy feet, corns, calluses, blisters, or maybe even a foot injury that not only brings your fitness goals to a screeching halt but... can make walking to take out the weekly trash, a painful experience.

Keeping feet healthy and comfortable when setting a long-term fitness goal is important. When it comes to your feet, the small... seemingly insignificant foot problems that probably don’t bother you during a normal day’s activities... can suddenly become a very big problem when placing significant stress on your feet as you start to exercise. And… if you have diabetes, these seemingly minor foot issues can quickly turn into major medical problems. In diabetics, when blood sugar isn’t under control… neuropathy can develop which produces a lack of feeling in the feet that can prevent the detection of the early warning signs of trouble. How can you reduce the risks of workout related foot problems?

Dr. Reminga talks about the many gym related foot issues that can arise at the gym in this episode of YOUR FEET YOUR HEALTH. Listen for his expert advice and helpful tips to help protect your feet at the gym as you set your goals to get fit in 2018.

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.