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.