Daniel L. Reminga, D.P.M., F.A.C.F.A.S.
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By contactus@northernfootandankle.com
October 18, 2017
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In today’s program Dr. Reminga talks about the biomechanics of the feet and ankles which form a complex system that has a direct affect on the rest of the body. In past programs, Dr. Reminga has stated, in past programs, that the feet can be a warning sign of disease. Improper foot biomechanics can lead to ankle, knee, hip, and back pain leading all the way to the head.

The structure and function of our two feet are a masterpiece of engineering as Leonardo Da Vinci described. Think about it… the foot and ankle consists of 28 bones, 33 joints, 112 ligaments, controlled by 13 extrinsic and 21 intrinsic muscles. The foot is also divided into sections.. Rearfoot, midfoot, and forefoot. They function as rigid structures to support the forceful weight that bears down on them when we walk. They also function as flexible structures to conform and adjust to movement on uneven ground. The feet also provide many important functions such as… supporting body weight, providing balance and shock absorption, propelling our bodies forward and side to side, as well as transporting us from one point to another.

The bone structures in the feet and ankles are surrounded by ligaments that hold everything in place along with tendons that connect the muscles to the bones making our feet move. Then… there’s the blood vessels that feed the cells and carry away waste and… the nerves in the feet and ankles send information to and from the brain. Finally, all of this is covered by skin and nails that protect from damage and infection. The feet and ankles are quite a complex machine, wouldn’t you agree?

Dr. Reminga continues to discuss foot biomechanics and gait. Gait basically has two cycles… the stance cycle and the swing cycle. So why is gait important when it comes to the feet and ankles? Dr. Reminga explains this relationship. Faulty foot function can lead to bunions, hammertoes, arch pain, sprains, shin splints, heel pain, leg, hip, and back pain as well as many other conditions which hinder walking and moving around in comfort.

Listen to today’s program and connect the dots when it comes to your foot or ankle 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.

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