Daniel L. Reminga, D.P.M., F.A.C.F.A.S.
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By contactus@northernfootandankle.com
December 10, 2019
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In today’s program Dr. Reminga, from Northern Foot Care Center, talks about Chilblains which is a cold weather condition.

Many people experience Chilblains when the weather begins to turn cold and winter settles in. Do you have itchy feet, burning, and painful blisters that only occur in the cold weather months? If so, you may have Chilblains. This is a fairly common condition that I see in my office as temperatures start to drop. It presents initially as red, inflamed, painful patches of skin on the toes, fingers, ears, or nose.

Chilblains is an abnormal skin reaction to cold. The difference between Frostbite or Frostnip and Chilblains is the absence or presence of moisture. Both occur with cold temperatures however, Chilblains occurs with chronic cold temperatures and in the presence of moisture such as damp, moist, wet conditions.

Frostbite is a more serious cold weather condition. However, a case of chilblains is no fun either. It begins with itchy, burning skin a few hours after prolonged exposure to cold damp conditions. The skin turns a red to purple color and becomes inflamed with painful blisters or sores that may develop. In addition, along with pain, there might be swelling and tenderness. Once a person has had Chilblains, the condition is more likely to recur with each new exposure to cold.

Interestingly, women appear to be more susceptible to the condition than men. Also, people with close family members who have had chilblains, patients with lupus, patients with circulation problems such as those with diabetes, tobacco smokers, extremely thin or underweight people, and those with Raynaud’s Disease are all the more susceptible to getting Chilblains.

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.

By contactus@northernfootandankle.com
December 03, 2019
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If you’re an adult, you may have experienced heel pain. In reality, it’s a fairly common condition. However, heel pain isn’t a condition that is commonly associated with young children. Dr. Reminga says, “In children, I commonly see a condition called Sever’s Disease which is also referred to as Calcaneal Apophysitis. It isn’t really a ‘disease’ but more of an overuse condition.” Dr. Sever first reported it in 1912 as an inflammation of the apophysis, causing discomfort to the heel, mild swelling, and difficulty walking in growing children.

Sever’s Disease is generally characterized by a sharp pain at the back or bottom of the heel. It also causes mild limping or swelling that disrupts normal daily activity. The pain is often more intense after activities such as running and sports. Other symptoms include… pain when the sides of the heel are squeezed, tiredness, and walking on the toes to avoid the painful heel. Dr. Reminga states, “I want to say that Sever’s Disease is sometimes referred to as “growing pains”. I’ve talked about this in past shows where I’ve said that there’s no such thing as ‘growing pains’. This reference is an easy way to lump specific conditions into a broad category. Again, there’s no such thing as growing pains. If you are hearing that your child will “grow out of it”, I would be cautious as a parent. Conditions that are specific and treatable should not be so generically and broadly diagnosed.”

 

Sever’s Disease is a condition that usually occurs between the ages of 8 and 14. In the past, there’s been a higher incidence in boys than girls. However, Sever’s Disease, is now being diagnosed more frequently in active girls between the ages of 8-10 due to their increased participation in all types of sports including soccer, basketball, and softball for example.

Dr. Reminga concludes by saying, "Sever’s Disease has a serious sounding name but I don’t want parents to be over alarmed. The condition is an overuse injury that can be treated effectively if the correct approach is taken. Children should enjoy their youth and not have to suffer with this condition."

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.

By contactus@northernfootandankle.com
November 26, 2019
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In today’s program Dr. Reminga, from Northern Foot Care Center, talks about 8 subtle conditions that may reveal a bigger story when they appear on the feet.

Our feet can be indicators of what may be happening in the rest of our body. They should get a lot of credit because they can alert us to

serious illnesses like thyroid disease, heart disease, and diabetes, for example. Dr. Reminga talks in more detail about these conditions and others as well. For example, if you notice dry, cracked skin it may be a Thyroid problem which can cause severe dryness of the skin on the feet and could be a telltale sign.

Another story behind the story when it comes to your feet is… if you notice bald toes it could be Arterial Disease. If the hair growth on your toes suddenly disappears, it could signal poor blood circulation possibly caused by peripheral arterial disease or PAD. Signs of PAD can include decreased hair growth on the feet and ankles, purplish toes, and thin or shiny skin. PAD is buildup of plaque in the leg arteries. It can be detected by checking for a healthy pulse in the foot or it can be spotted on an X-ray.

If you develop an enlarged, painful big toe... it could be from something you ate. The painful result could be Gout, a type of arthritis that usually affects the joint of the big toe. Foods high in purine, a chemical compound found in red meats, fish, and certain alcoholic drinks, can trigger an attack by raising levels of uric acid in the body. Uric acid is normally excreted through urine, but it can be overproduced or under-excreted in some people. In this case, the deposit of uric acid will appear in the joint, most commonly the big toe or the ankle.

Dr. Reminga continues to discuss additional foot conditions such as ulcers that don’t heal, clubbing of the foot, tiny red lines across the toenail, a dark vertical line that runs under the toenail, a sudden high arch... all of which could indicate more serious problems. These can include lung cancer, heart disease, a heart infection, skin cancer, and nerve damage.

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.

By contactus@northernfootandankle.com
November 19, 2019
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In today’s program Dr. Reminga from Northern Foot Care Center, talks about Diabetes as November is Diabetes Awareness Month. In America, more than 26 million people have Diabetes. This condition is characterized by too much glucose or sugar in the blood and can cause serious medical complications including foot problems which commonly develop in people with diabetes. Diabetic foot conditions can quickly become serious if not watch closely.

Unfortunately, there's a whole list of foot problems that can escalate for the diabetic patient, leading to pain and infection. These foot problems include corns and calluses, blisters, ingrown toenails, plantar warts, hammertoes, bunions, athletes foot, dry cracked skin, and fungal infections for example. If a diabetic has any of these foot problems a call to Dr. Reminga, at Northern Foot Care Center, is highly recommended. Dr. Reminga stresses that these conditions aren't to be taken lightly. Minor injuries can become major emergencies before you know it.

As a diabetic, an infection can easily spread quickly, and if you have any loss of sensation as with neuropathy, you may not recognize that the problem is getting worse. Poor blood flow makes it hard for a sore or an infection to heal. This problem is called peripheral artery disease, also called P.A.D. For people with both diabetes and P.A.D., having regular foot exams is extremely important.

There is good news to share however, recent studies show that proper diabetic foot care can reduce the risk of lower limb amputations by up to 85% and lowers the risk of hospitalization by 24%. In fact, the rates of lower limb amputations have gone down by more than 50 percent in the past 20 years. This is an example of why it’s important to make regular appointment checks at Northern Foot Care Center.

Listen to today’s program to find out more about this interesting topic. 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.

By contactus@northernfootandankle.com
November 14, 2019
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In today’s program Dr. Reminga, from Northern Foot Care Center, talks about thyroid dysfunction and the effects it can have on your feet. The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland located in the middle of the lower neck. This thyroid gland is responsible for a wide range of body activities. For example, the thyroid gland releases hormones and regulates many aspects of your health such as; your breathing, heart rate, central and peripheral nervous systems such as hands and feet, body weight, muscle strength, body temperature, menstrual cycle, cholesterol levels and much more. If you’re a woman over 35, your odds of having a thyroid disorder are quite high. More than 30% according to some estimates. Women are also 5-8 times more likely to have a thyroid problem than men and 1 in 8 women will likely develop a thyroid disorder during her lifetime.

Why are so many affected by thyroid disease? The role of the thyroid gland is so wide-ranging and intricate that it continues to surprise and amaze medical researchers. So, how does thyroid disease affect our feet? Hypothyroidism, or an underactive thyroid, can lead to several types of foot pain, including joint and muscle pain brought on by swelling in the feet, ankles and legs. Swelling in the muscles of the foot can place pressure on the nerves. The joints can become still and inflamed, leading to joint disease known as arthropathy. People with hypothyroidism can also develop tarsal tunnel syndrome in the feet. Tarsal tunnel sometimes develops as a result of a pinched nerve or muscle damage in the foot. It causes burning and a tingling pain sensation most common in the arch of the foot although the pain can occur throughout the foot. Grierson-Gopalan syndrome also causes foot pain with hypothyroidism. A more common name for this condition is “burning feet syndrome”. The feet ache and the skin temperature actually elevates.

Another side effect of hypothyroidism is dry cracked heels. This results when the under-active thyroid gland under-regulates the sweat glands in your feet which can cause thick, leather-like dryness, deep cracks or painful fissures on the heels of the feet. Another condition that is linked to thyroid dysfunction is cold feet and hands. The thyroid controls overall metabolism. When thyroid function is low, metabolism slows down, which then lowers the temperature of the entire body which leads to cold hands and feet.

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.