Daniel L. Reminga, D.P.M., F.A.C.F.A.S.
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By contactus@northernfootandankle.com
May 29, 2018
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In today’s program Dr. Reminga, from Northern Foot Care Center, talks about foot problems associated with gardening and how to protect your feet this growing season. Gardening is popular everywhere and especially in the northern part of the nation due to the pleasure of getting outdoors after a long winter. There are also therapeutic benefits when digging in the ground, nurturing plants, and enjoying the fruits of your labor. According to the National Gardening Survey 74% of all U.S. households participate in lawn and garden activities. The almost 37-billion dollar DIY yard and gardening industry is growing each year at a steady rate led by millennials and by the growth in food gardening according to the same study.

In today’s program, Dr. Reminga takes a look at the role our feet play when it comes to getting out and enjoying this activity. Unfortunately, the sudden increase in repetitive motion and the long days of working in your garden can set a person up for foot and ankle injuries. Many gardeners will experience foot pain this season as a result of overlooking their feet. Gardening is an active, weight-bearing function and, some argue, that it should be considered a sport rather than a passive hobby. So, it would make sense, as with other sports, that we prepare properly before engaging in this activity. Our feet play an important role in movement when gardening. They support our weight and help to balance our stance to reduce spills and falls on uneven ground. They also act as shock absorbers when trudging around in the garden.

Dr. Reminga talks about the type of shoes to wear gardening, foot injuries, and precautions to take this gardening season. Repetitive stress injuries, stubbed toes, painful fractures, ligament injuries, Achilles tendonitis, plantar fasciitis, corns, and blisters can all be problematic to gardeners. Listen to today’s program so you can weed out any foot problems that may prevent you from an enjoyable gardening season.

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
May 22, 2018
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In today’s show Dr. Reminga, from Northern Foot Care Center, talks about knee pain and how it relates to your feet. Knee pain is something that affects millions of people, of all ages, every single day. Statistically, between 15-20% of men experience it while roughly 20% of women report knee pain. Your knees and hips are the largest joints in your body and they help support your entire weight while you stand and walk and... 2 to 3 times your body weight when you run. If you’re experiencing chronic pain in your knees, there may be a connection with your feet.

Both athletes and non-athletes alike are affected by this painful condition. In fact, half of all running injuries are to the knee. As a result, the term “runner's knee” is a widely known term. Once reserved for those that run it now encompasses a broader group of people when referencing knee pain. Because 50% of runners experiencing pain in this location you can see why the descriptive term “runner’s knee” was coined.

Knee pain usually strikes in one of two areas. WHERE you feel the pain can provide clues to what’s causing it. Treating the CAUSE of a problem really is the best approach as Dr. Reminga says in today's program. Listen to this interesting show about knee pain. If you, or someone you know, suffers from this condition, Dr. Reminga may provide some information that will help you solve your knee 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
May 15, 2018
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It's a time to spread the message about the prevention, methods, and treatments for arthritis. May is National Arthritis Awareness Month. Because each foot has 33 joints that can be afflicted, it makes sense that the feet are very susceptible to arthritis. Arthritis, in general terms, is inflammation and swelling of the cartilage and lining of the joints, often accompanied by an increase in fluids in the joints. Arthritis has multiple causes; just as a sore throat may have its origin in a variety of conditions, joint inflammation and arthritis are associated with many different illnesses. Arthritis is a frequent component of complex diseases and may be involved in more than 100 identifiable disorders.

Due to all the joints in each foot, the foot joints can be affected due to the tremendous weight-bearing load on them. Arthritis can be a disabling and occasionally, a crippling disease. It afflicts almost 40 million Americans. In some forms, it appears to have hereditary tendencies. While it increases with age, all people from infancy to middle age are potential victims with people over 50 being the most prone to arthritis.

Dr Reminga, from Northern Foot Care Center talks about the causes, symptoms, and types of arthritis in today’s program. He goes into detail about osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, as well as Gout or Gouty Arthritis, Psoriatic Arthritis, and Traumatic Arthritis. Dr. Reminga says, “It is true that arthritic feet can result in loss of mobility and independence, but early diagnosis and proper medical care can make a huge difference.” Listen to today’s program in observance of Arthritis Awareness Month.

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
May 08, 2018
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In today’s program Dr. Reminga, from Northern Foot Care Center, talks about an unusual circumstance that could result in the loss of your babies toe. Dr. Reminga begins with a story about a mother whose baby girl had a thin hair wrapped tightly around her baby’s middle toe. This is referred to as a hair tourniquet and can cause great distress for a small baby. Luckily, the mother in the story, was able to release the hair in time. If left on for too long, this type of “toe strangulation” can cut off circulation to the rest of the baby’s toe which can lead to infection and sometimes… amputation. A hair tourniquet occurs most often in babies under 1 year old and commonly during their nap time. They may get a hair inside a footie pajama or sock and as they move and wiggle around, as babies do, the hair twists tighter and tighter around their toe. This can also happen with a loose thread from clothing or bedding but is less common. Human hair is elastic, and is more likely to cause the problem however.

Fortunately, parents or caretakers will most likely notice the hair tourniquet early on because it causes extreme discomfort for the baby as described in the story. The baby will be very upset and unable to be calmed down by the usual methods. The problem arises when the parent doesn’t think to check their baby’s feet because they’re covered by socks and tucked under blankets. Once they see the toe, it’s usually pretty clear that something is wrong.

In this program, Dr. Reminga provides helpful insight and practical information about hair tourniquets so that parents and caregivers are aware and prepared if they are ever confronted with this scary situation. Hair tourniquets can be common, but are rarely serious if caught in time and they are easily preventable if parents are aware of the risks and take steps to avoid it. Listen to today’s program about a “Hairy Topic” that could help you resolve a painful and potentially dangerous situation for your baby.

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
May 01, 2018
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May is Melanoma Awareness Month. Today Dr. Daniel Reminga, from Northern Foot Care Center, talks about skin cancer of the feet and ankles. Skin cancer has different forms however, melanoma is the most aggressive and deadly skin cancer there is. Today's program will help shed some light on this important topic so listeners have information that could possibly save their lives one day or the lives of those they love.

First, let's start by gaining some perspective. Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the US, and each year there are more new cases of skin cancer than the combined incidence of breast, prostate, lung and colon cancer. About 86% of melanomas and 90% of non-melanoma skin cancers are associated with exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet or UV rays. That's why applying proper sun protection is critical all year-round.

The first sign of melanoma is often a change in the size, shape, color, or feel of an existing mole or any unusual sores, lumps, blemishes or markings on the skin surface. Most people have moles and almost all moles are harmless. However, it's important to recognize any changes that can suggest a melanoma may be developing. Listen to today’s program about melanoma as Dr. Reminga talks about the warning signs and what to look for with this condition.

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.