Daniel L. Reminga, D.P.M., F.A.C.F.A.S.
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By contactus@northernfootandankle.com
September 24, 2019
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In today’s program Dr. Reminga, from Northern Foot Care Center, talks about the various foot conditions that can be confused with plantar fasciitis. You may have heard the term, Plantar Fasciitis, but aren’t completely certain what it is. If you’ve had Plantar Fasciitis, you’re all too familiar with the condition. Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the flat, thick band of tissue that connects the heel bone to the toes and is the most common cause of heel pain. Dr. Reminga says that this is one of the top conditions that he treats in his office at Northern Foot Care Center.

The primary symptom with Plantar Fasciitis is pain around the bottom sole, or heel of the foot and can be perceived as a radiating throughout the foot, ankle, and even the lower leg. Because the patient can feel the pain in different locations of the foot… plantar fasciitis can often be misunderstood and mistaken for other conditions. The opposite can also be true where another condition can be mistaken for plantar fasciitis.

A conditions that can be mistaken for Plantar Fasciitis is called a “Ruptured Plantar Fascia”. This may not sound very different but it is. With plantar fasciitis the plantar fascia is characterized by Micro-tears or small tears in the plantar fascia tissue. In the case of a “ruptured” plantar fascia those tears are magnified due to a significant injury or plantar fasciitis that has gotten worse. The differentiating factor is the severity of pain. If a person does have plantar fasciitis they run the risk of it worsening and weakening to the point of rupturing. The ruptured plantar fasciitis is usually accompanied by a “pop” sound. This would indicate a rupture has taken place and severe pain will follow along with the inability to bear weight on the foot accompanied by bruising and swelling to follow.

There are numerous other conditions that can be confused with Plantar Fasciitis such as arthritis and tendonitis for example. Listen to find out more about more about this interesting subject. 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 problem, 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
September 18, 2019
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In today’s program Dr. Reminga, from Northern Foot Care Center, talks about the changes that happen to our feet over time. Time takes a toll on our feet. As with most things we use repetitively wear and tear can result and our feet are no different. So, it stands to reason that the feet are the MOST used and abused parts of the human body. Every part of the body ages however, the feet in particular, are subject to a lot of abuse throughout our lives due to wear and tear from repeated impact, weight-bearing, pressure, friction and trauma.

So... what are the effects of time on our feet? In youth, our feet are springy, resilient, and strong. The arches are bound by elastic tendons which allow for shock absorption and recovery. The foot’s joints are flexible and the bones are strong. The skin is healthy, the blood supply is efficient, and healing takes place quickly. As we age, time does take a toll on our feet. They become less able to resist repeated stresses such as impact, pressure, and overall wear and tear. The older the feet become, the tendons, which hold the arches together, lose their stretch. When the tendons in the foot lose their stretch... it reduces the ability of the foot to absorb impact.

In addition, wear and tear can develop in the joints, between the bones, becoming rougher over time reducing flexibility. Signs of arthritis may start to appear in the feet and becomes more likely if you have had… severe foot trauma, or… overuse injuries from competitive sports, running, or dancing for example. As we age, the lack of flexibility in the joints and the tendency of the arches to drop can also change the shape of the feet.

Listen to find out more about more about how age affects our feet. 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 problem, 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
September 10, 2019
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In today’s program Dr. Reminga, from Northern Foot Care Center, tells us about Barefoot Running. There are those that believe barefoot running is a possible alternative or training alternative to running with shoes. There have been expert opinions, studies, and analysis about the possible health benefits of barefoot running. However, the jury is still out in regards to running without shoes. Research has not yet determined the immediate and long-term effects of this approach to running.

 

Some say barefoot running improve strength and balance, while promoting a more natural running style. However, there are risks of barefoot running such as a lack of protection, which may lead to injuries with increased stress on the lower extremities. The American Podiatric Medical Association released this statement... “Currently, inconclusive scientific research has been conducted regarding the benefits and/or risks of barefoot running.” This is a neutral stand and one that shows further evaluation in needed.

Barefoot running is not new. The practice has been around for centuries. More recently, however, there has been significant interest in barefoot running which seems to be motivated by claims of improved performance and reduced injuries. So, the debate between barefoot running and "shod" running, which refers to running without shoes, continues.

Listen to find out more about more about barefoot running as Dr. Reminga lays out the pros and cons of running without shoes. 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 problem, 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
September 03, 2019
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In today’s program Dr. Reminga, from Northern Foot Care Center, our feet as the foundation of our body. From stability, to balance, to alignment, to mobility, your body relies on your feet. Similarly, our feet are like the foundation of a house. Overtime, rain, snow, and all the elements of nature bit by bit erodes the ground surrounding the house. Eventually, the foundation develops cracks, and the house starts to shift, causing problems with the house’s structure… such as cracks in the walls and ceiling, and slanting floors.

Problems with your feet, which are the body’s foundation, can affect your entire body, from your legs to your back, your neck, and even your shoulders and head. The entire body is connected, which is why one foot problem can easily affect a seemingly unrelated part of the body. Your feet have a big influence on you as A WHOLE. When one foot problem is present, there can be a negative impact on the knees, hips, pelvis, spine, neck, all the way to the head. A foot imbalance can result in a chain reaction of... improper alignment and instability throughout the ENTIRE body.

For example, the pain someone feels in their neck could be caused by a misalignment in their spine due to an imbalanced biomechanical structure in their feet. A chain reaction occurs due to a faulty foundation. Once the feet are correctly stabilized and balanced properly an overall improvement of body performance can result with reduced pain all the way up to the neck and head as a result of correcting the foundation.

Listen to find more about your feet as a “Solid Foundation” for the rest of your body. 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 problem, 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.