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.