In today’s program Dr. Reminga, from Northern Foot Care Center, talks about children and how the active summer season affects their feet. With Summer officially here… the level of outdoor activity increases for children. Along with that comes the risk of injury to the feet and ankles. It turns out that foot and ankle injuries are quite common in children and adolescents… even more-so in kids who are very active and participate in organized sports.

With all the activities outdoors, it’s important for parents to keep their children’s feet protected. When children play outside, make sure they are wearing shoes. It’s awfully tempting for kids to run outside barefoot in the summer however, puncture wounds are more common in the summer months for this reason. Children can have what is called overuse syndrome in their feet and ankles during the summer or anytime of year for that matter especially if they are involved in sports. What is overuse syndrome? This is a term used to describe damage and pain caused by repetitive movement and overuse to a bone, muscle ligament or tendon without allowing time for the body to heal. In recent years, there has been a significant increase in overuse injuries in children, which is associated with sports-related activities. In past studies, overuse injuries were observed more in mature athletes, however now they are becoming more recognized in pre-adolescents because the intensity level of children’s sports has increased over the years.

If parents are at all concerned about their child’s feet, a call to Dr. Reminga’s office at Northern Foot Care Center, is the best course of action. Listen to find out 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.