Daniel L. Reminga, D.P.M., F.A.C.F.A.S.
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By contactus@northernfootandankle.com
October 29, 2019
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In today’s program Dr. Reminga, from Northern Foot Care Center, answers questions you may have about Bunions and Bunion Surgery.

A bunion is a “bump” on the joint at the base of the big toe. This joint is called the metatarsophalangeal or MTP joint. A bunion forms at the MTP joint when the bone or tissue at the big toe joint moves out of place. As a result, the toe is forced to bend toward the other toes, causing an often painful lump of bone on the foot. Because this joint carries a lot of the body's weight while walking, bunions can cause extreme pain if left untreated. The MTP joint itself may become stiff and sore. When this happens, wearing shoes can become difficult or impossible. Bunions are a symptom of faulty foot development and are usually caused by the way we walk and our inherited foot type or our shoes. Although bunions tend to run in families, it is the foot type that is passed down NOT the bunion. Parents who suffer from poor foot mechanics can pass their problematic foot type on to their children, who in turn are prone to developing bunions. The abnormal functioning caused by this faulty foot development can lead to pressure being exerted on and within the foot, often resulting in bone and joint deformities such as bunions and hammertoes.

Since a bunion is structural problem of the big toe joint, surgery is commonly performed to correct the problem. When the pain of a bunion interferes with daily activities, it's time to consider surgical options. Dr. Reminga says, “In my office at Northern Foot Care Center, I commonly see this type of foot deformity. I tell my patients that there isn't a "one size fits all" approach to bunion surgery. Upon examination and after x rays are taken, I talk with my patients about the options that are available to them. Surgery isn't always the answer. However, when surgery is necessary, I explain that there are different approaches that I take when correcting a bunion surgically. The type of bunion surgery is very specific to the individual patient. One type of bunion surgery should not be the answer for every bunion patient. As board certified foot and ankle specialist, I'm able to evaluate the bunion patient differently. It's a very specific and specialized approach.”

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
October 22, 2019
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In today’s program Dr. Reminga, from Northern Foot Care Center, talks about the odd, annoying, and sometimes painful sensations that may occur in your feet.

There are many sensations that relate to the feet. Some of these sensations come on gradually while others seem to come out of the blue. Oftentimes a sensation in the foot may be the bodies response to environmental conditions such as cold temperatures... while other times a sensation in the foot may indicate a bigger health issue.

A twinge, for example, is usually muscle-related and is often times experienced by athletes or... by someone who has overused a muscle in their foot or leg. The muscles in the lower extremity, can start to spasm with overuse, causing what many describe as a twinge. Spasms are contractions of the muscles which are often brief episodes but can be severe and very painful.

Toe cramps have different triggers. For instance, dehydration can trigger a toe cramp and in other areas of the body as well. Overuse or overexertion can bring on a cramp in the toes or calf muscle. Also… mineral deficiencies in the body can result in cramps. Low mineral levels in the body such as potassium, calcium, and magnesium are some of the most common culprits. These deficiencies can cause muscle spasms which we call cramps. Nighttime leg cramping is common in older people. This type of cramping is generally a benign, temporary problem but can cause considerable distress.

In addition to twinges, spasms, and cramps… our feet can feel other sensations as well. 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
October 15, 2019
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In today’s program Dr. Reminga, from Northern Foot Care Center, talks about the aches and pains of arthritis in the feet and ankles.

According to the Arthritis Foundation close to half of people in their sixties and seventies suffer from arthritis foot pain. In fact, the damage starts even sooner. Beginning in our forties, the feet begin to show wear and tear. Arthritis commonly attacks joints in the hands, knees, and hips, but it can occur in any part of the body where joints exist including the feet. A number of different types of arthritis can cause foot pain. When cartilage wears away between the bones, tissues may become inflamed. Synovial fluid, a fluid between the joints, may drain away or a bacterial infection may strike. Whatever the cause, symptoms can be difficult to understand at first.

Most common type of arthritis found in the foot is toe arthritis and it is caused by inflammation of the toe joint. The disease most often attacks the big toe, but other toes may be affected as well. Clues may be past injuries or traumas, such as a broken or sprained toe, which may cause arthritis to settle in at some point down the road. However, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic, traumatic arthritis, and gout may also be to blame.

Pain is most likely the first noticeable symptom of arthritis. You may feel a general pain in the toes or on the big toe alone. Patients describe it as ranging from a deep, achy feeling to a sharper, stabbing sensation when they try to move. It may be minor, moderate, or severe depending on the level of deterioration or inflammation in the joint. Besides Pain, there are other symptoms of arthritis in the feet such as, stiffness, swelling, and the sound of your joints grinding 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
October 08, 2019
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In today’s program Dr. Reminga, from Northern Foot Care Center, talks about the importance of movement and the role our feet play.

Has anyone ever made the comment "Move It, Or Lose It" to you? Or, maybe you've it said yourself. When this statement is made, it's a prompt to get moving or there may be consequences. The same is true when it comes to our bodies. Hippocrates known as the father of medicine said... "All parts of the body which have a function if used in moderation and exercised in labors in which each is accustomed, become thereby healthy, well developed and age more slowly; but if unused and left idle they become liable to disease, defective in growth, and age quickly." Life back in 400 B.C was very different from today but the human body has not substantially changed. If you’re interested in attaining and maintaining good health in our modern, fast-paced, and much too sedentary world, it would be wise to take Hippocrates’ advice and include regular, moderate exercise in your life. It's as important as our diets.

For starters... The heart and circulatory system benefits. Regular exercise makes the heart muscles stronger and more efficient. The blood vessels dilate during exercise, and so more blood reaches the muscles. It has been found that during vigorous or rapid exercise, the blood circulation in certain muscles and organs increases 25 to 30 times, supplying the muscles and organs with more oxygen and a larger number of red blood corpuscles. The respiratory system also benefits. Breathing becomes not only more rapid, but also deeper, which makes larger quantities of oxygen available. The digestive system improves with movement as well. The secretion of the digestive juices is stimulated by exercise. So, digestion becomes more efficient. Exercise also stimulates intestinal movements or peristalsis, resulting in a more effective elimination of wastes. Then, there's the musculature system. Regular exercise strengthens the muscles, promotes their development and increases their efficiency. Stronger muscles lend better support to the joints. These are just a few of the many benefits the body experiences from exercise.

If someone's feet hurt before or quickly after starting a program, cold water gets thrown on the burning desire to get healthy and move more. The feet need to be ready to take on this challenge. 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
October 02, 2019
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In today’s program Dr. Reminga, from Northern Foot Care Center, talks about foot conditions that may reveal an important message about other health concerns. Looking down at your feet may help you understand what’s happening with your overall health. Our feet have a story to tell and it’s not so much a mystery if you know what to look for.

The #1 clue that may answer a bigger health question is PAIN. Foot Pain is NEVER normal and foot pain should NOT be ignored. Any type of foot pain whether you’ve had it for a while or it’s brand new, warrants a call to Dr. Reminga’s office to be evaluated. Dr. Reminga says, "I often draw this comparison. If you had a headache everyday you wouldn’t say 'Oh well, another day another headache, that’s just part of life.' This isn’t the way to think about sore, painful feet either. Pain in the feet can signal a whole host of conditions from plantar fasciitis, to fractures, to arthritis. It’s important to take note WHEN the foot pain is present, this can give you a hint about the cause."

The #2 clue that may answer a bigger question is DISCOLORATION. Most people have heard how important it is to check their body and face for unusual or suspicious discolorations when looking for signs of skin cancer. However, did you know that skin cancer is the MOST common cancer seen in the foot? Toenails need to be checked as well. Melanoma, which is the most deadly type of skin cancer, can appear as dark spots underneath the toenails.

In addition to foot pain and discoloration, Dr. Reminga reveals 5 additional foot conditions you never want to ignore such as foot numbness, swollen feet, cold feet, itchy feet, and the way you walk or your gait. 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.