Daniel L. Reminga, D.P.M., F.A.C.F.A.S.
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By contactus@northernfootandankle.com
May 28, 2019
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In today’s program, Dr. Daniel 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 in our area due to the pleasure of getting outdoors after a long winter and there are therapeutic benefits of digging in the ground nurturing plants and enjoying the fruits of our labor. According to the National Gardening Survey 74% of all U.S. households participate in lawn and garden activities.

Gardening is enjoyable and it can feed your soul to get outside and grow something whether it be food, flowers, or a nicely landscaped yard. There are many benefits so it’s important to take 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.

So, what are some of the challenges to our feet when gardening? Before heading out to the garden consider what’s on your feet. A shoe with the proper support for your specific foot type is important because proper biomechanical function can help prevent arch pain, heel pain, corns and calluses, ingrown toenails, and blisters or example which all contribute to a gardeners’ foot pain. The fact is, an old pair of sneaker won’t cut it in the garden when encountering debris, thorns, sharp sticks, sprayed chemicals, spiders, pests and other obstacles that may cause infection, skin reactions, and injury to the feet. “Step-with-force” injuries can cause foot problems such as, sesamoiditis, plantar fasciitis, and mid-foot fractures. Dr. Reminga says, “It’s a good practice to warm-up muscles and tendons before heading out to your garden. Ankle rotations and lunges that limber the calf muscles can be helpful.” Corns, blisters, ingrown toenails, and calluses can also develop from excessive pressure and repetitive friction while working in the garden.

Listen to today’s program as Dr. Reminga talks about gardening and how you can weed out foot problems so you can enjoy an active gardening season. Dr. Reminga is a board certified foot and ankle specialist with over 30 years of experience. If you have any type of foot or ankle problems, Dr. Reminga can help.

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 20, 2019
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In today’s program, Dr. Daniel Reminga from Northern Foot Care Center, talks about what it means when our feet and ankles swell up. If you notice swelling in your feet and ankles, you are suffering from what is medically called Edema which is caused by water retention in the body. While edema can happen anywhere on the body, it is most common in the lower legs, hands, abdomen, and chest. Swelling in the feet, is called pedal edema or peripheral edema and is due to the accumulation of excessive fluid in the tissues. Swelling is often more apparent in the lower areas of the body because of gravity.

Should swollen feet be a cause of concern? Swollen ankles and swollen feet are fairly common and not usually a cause for concern, particularly if you've been standing or walking a lot. But feet and ankles that stay swollen or, are accompanied by other symptoms could signal a serious health problem. Long airplane flights or car rides, as well as standing for long periods of time, often lead to some swelling in the feet and ankles. While swelling in the foot, leg, and ankle usually doesn’t pose a significant health risk, it’s important to know when to be concerned about a more serious underlying health issue.

Sudden or excessive swelling, however, may be a sign of preeclampsia, a serious condition in which high blood pressure and protein in the urine develop after the 20th week of pregnancy.

Lymphedema, also known as lymphatic obstruction, lymphedema causes blockages in the lymphatic system. Lymph nodes and blood vessels help carry fluid throughout the body. A blockage in the lymphatic system causes tissues to become swollen with fluid, resulting in swelling in the arms and legs. There's also a condition called... Venous insufficiency. This condition occurs when the veins are unable to pump blood adequately, causing blood to pool in the legs. Swelling of the ankles and feet is often an early symptom of venous insufficiency.

Listen to today’s program as Dr. Reminga talks about swelling of the feet and ankles. Dr. Reminga is a board certified foot and ankle specialist with over 30 years of experience. If you have any type of foot or ankle problems, Dr. Reminga can help.

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 14, 2019
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It's a time to spread the message about the prevention, methods, and treatments for arthritis. Because each foot has 33 joints that can be afflicted, 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, these joints can be affected due to the tremendous weight-bearing load on the feet. 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. People over 50 are most prone to arthritis.

Besides heredity, arthritic symptoms can manifest in a number of ways...through injuries, notably in athletes and industrial workers, especially if the injuries have been ignored and unfortunately, injuries of the feet tend to be. Also, through bacterial and viral infections that strike the joints, pneumonia, gonorrhea, staph infections, and Lyme disease all cause joint inflammations. Other causes may be related to bowel disorders such as colitis and ileitis, frequently resulting in arthritic conditions in the joints of the ankles and toes or, using drugs, both prescription drugs and illegal street drugs, can induce arthritis. In addition, Arthritis may be part of a congenital autoimmune disease syndrome of undetermined origin. Recent research has suggested, for instance, that a defective gene may play a role in osteoarthritis.

Listen to today’s program about Arthritis as Dr. Reminga talks about this condition. Dr. Reminga is a board certified foot and ankle specialist with over 30 years of experience. If you have any type of foot or ankle problems, Dr. Reminga can help.

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 07, 2019
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May is Melanoma Awareness Month. In today’s program, 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. Reminga is a board certified foot and ankle specialist with over 30 years of experience. If you have any type of foot or ankle problems, Dr. Reminga can help.

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.