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.