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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September 05, 2014
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If I asked you…What is a major public health problem in the country today? You might say… heart attacks, stroke, and diabetes, to name a few. You would not be incorrect. However, I would venture to say that falls in the elderly population wouldn't be on your list.

The truth is, falls occur with one in three people age 65 and older each year! That’s one in three! Most often, these falls result in minor injuries such as cuts, abrasions, bruises, and sprains. Now this is key…15% of falls are much more serious resulting in head trauma, fractures, dislocations, and lacerations, classify falls as the leading cause of hospitalization in older people. Yes, the leading cause.

Dr. Daniel Reminga from Northern Foot Care Center in Houghton tells us “As we get older, physical changes and health conditions make falling more likely. Falls are a leading cause of injury among my older patients. I tell my patients, ‘the good news is…the fear of falling doesn’t need to rule your life.’There is a psychological element associated with falling as a person ages. The “fear of falling” is very real in my elderly patients. At Northern Foot Care Center, Dr. Daniel Reminga has developed a specific fall prevention program that helps his older patients stay safe and secure on their feet. This fall prevention program is a multifaceted plan that is customized for each patient and their needs. Dr. Reminga continues, “I first evaluate the patients foot health, what foot problems and conditions are causing pain, discomfort and therefore instability. I can then present a plan to address these issues. The plan may involve numerous approaches including proper footwear, pain management, correcting abnormal foot function, prescribing supportive devices, and making recommendations to help prevent the incidents of falls.” Dr. Reming states, “Most of my elderly patients experience a decline in balance and muscle strength in their feet and ankles as they age. This combination of decline in balance and muscle strength along with visual impairment greatly increases the risk of falling."

In 1991, significant scientific research emerged. This research prioritized foot and ankle health when it comes to fall prevention in the elderly population. The studies were very specific and targeted concluding that foot problems were directly connected to falls in the elderly. Researchers were able to make the connection between people with a history of multiple falls had a significantly higher “Foot Problem Score” than those who hadn’t fallen. Dr. Reminga explains, a “Foot Problem Score” is the direct correlation between previous falls and the high likelihood that another falling incident will occur in the future. With my elderly patients, I frequently see foot and ankle conditions that can lead to falls."

Dr. Reminga, a board certified foot and ankle specialist, explains the foot conditions that lead to falls. “Common foot conditions like bunions, corns, calluses, biomechanical problems, arthritis, neuropathy, and poor circulation can increase the risk of tripping, slipping or falling. Plus, pain in the feet may limit physical activity. Maintaining activity is key in preventing falls.


Here are 8 Steps to stay on your feet: 

1. Be Active- it improves your strength
2. Manage your Medicines-side effects can increase falling risk. Get medicines reviewed.
3. Manage your health-such as... heart conditions, diabetes, arthritis, osteoporosis and foot problems
4. Improve your Balance-25% of falls are due to poor balance and abnormal walking.
5. Manage your Foot Health- proper shoes and healthy feet are key in fall prevention
6. Get your eyes checked- for blurred and impaired vision
7. Eat well- skipping meals can cause dizziness and weakness

“Regarding Foot and Ankle health…Studies show that preventative measures taken, can lower morbidity and mortality rates resulting from a fall. Another important aspect of Fall Prevention is that the elderly can remain independent longer allowing them to live in their own homes as long as possible.”

that my elderly patients gain a psychological component when foot health and stability is improved. The perception of their abilities and risk of falling, more specifically, the fear of falling can be greatly improved with the proper footwear and managing foot health problems, resulting in less pain and discomfort. Confidence is restored and quality of life is improved. As a result, this can then lessen their level of exposure to hazardous situations and subsequent incidence of falls.”


At Northern Foot Care Center, Dr. Reminga can evaluate and recommend the proper treatment and he can develop a fall prevention plan customized for each patient’s needs. Dr. Reminga is specially qualified, with over 28 years of experience, to treat elderly patients.

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