In today’s program, Dr. Daniel Reminga from Northern Foot Care Center, talks about foot problems associated with gardening and how to protect your feet this growing season. Gardening is popular in our area due to the pleasure of getting outdoors after a long winter and there are therapeutic benefits of digging in the ground nurturing plants and enjoying the fruits of our labor. According to the National Gardening Survey 74% of all U.S. households participate in lawn and garden activities.

Gardening is enjoyable and it can feed your soul to get outside and grow something whether it be food, flowers, or a nicely landscaped yard. There are many benefits so it’s important to take a look at the role our feet play when it comes to getting out and enjoying this activity. Unfortunately, the sudden increase in repetitive motion and the long days of working in your garden can set a person up for foot and ankle injuries. Many gardeners will experience foot pain this season as a result of overlooking their feet.

So, what are some of the challenges to our feet when gardening? Before heading out to the garden consider what’s on your feet. A shoe with the proper support for your specific foot type is important because proper biomechanical function can help prevent arch pain, heel pain, corns and calluses, ingrown toenails, and blisters or example which all contribute to a gardeners’ foot pain. The fact is, an old pair of sneaker won’t cut it in the garden when encountering debris, thorns, sharp sticks, sprayed chemicals, spiders, pests and other obstacles that may cause infection, skin reactions, and injury to the feet. “Step-with-force” injuries can cause foot problems such as, sesamoiditis, plantar fasciitis, and mid-foot fractures. Dr. Reminga says, “It’s a good practice to warm-up muscles and tendons before heading out to your garden. Ankle rotations and lunges that limber the calf muscles can be helpful.” Corns, blisters, ingrown toenails, and calluses can also develop from excessive pressure and repetitive friction while working in the garden.

Listen to today’s program as Dr. Reminga talks about gardening and how you can weed out foot problems so you can enjoy an active gardening season. 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 problems, 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.