Daniel L. Reminga, D.P.M., F.A.C.F.A.S.
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Houghton, MI 49931 US
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By contactus@northernfootandankle.com
October 15, 2019
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In today’s program Dr. Reminga, from Northern Foot Care Center, talks about the aches and pains of arthritis in the feet and ankles.

According to the Arthritis Foundation close to half of people in their sixties and seventies suffer from arthritis foot pain. In fact, the damage starts even sooner. Beginning in our forties, the feet begin to show wear and tear. Arthritis commonly attacks joints in the hands, knees, and hips, but it can occur in any part of the body where joints exist including the feet. A number of different types of arthritis can cause foot pain. When cartilage wears away between the bones, tissues may become inflamed. Synovial fluid, a fluid between the joints, may drain away or a bacterial infection may strike. Whatever the cause, symptoms can be difficult to understand at first.

Most common type of arthritis found in the foot is toe arthritis and it is caused by inflammation of the toe joint. The disease most often attacks the big toe, but other toes may be affected as well. Clues may be past injuries or traumas, such as a broken or sprained toe, which may cause arthritis to settle in at some point down the road. However, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic, traumatic arthritis, and gout may also be to blame.

Pain is most likely the first noticeable symptom of arthritis. You may feel a general pain in the toes or on the big toe alone. Patients describe it as ranging from a deep, achy feeling to a sharper, stabbing sensation when they try to move. It may be minor, moderate, or severe depending on the level of deterioration or inflammation in the joint. Besides Pain, there are other symptoms of arthritis in the feet such as, stiffness, swelling, and the sound of your joints grinding for example.

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
October 08, 2019
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In today’s program Dr. Reminga, from Northern Foot Care Center, talks about the importance of movement and the role our feet play.

Has anyone ever made the comment "Move It, Or Lose It" to you? Or, maybe you've it said yourself. When this statement is made, it's a prompt to get moving or there may be consequences. The same is true when it comes to our bodies. Hippocrates known as the father of medicine said... "All parts of the body which have a function if used in moderation and exercised in labors in which each is accustomed, become thereby healthy, well developed and age more slowly; but if unused and left idle they become liable to disease, defective in growth, and age quickly." Life back in 400 B.C was very different from today but the human body has not substantially changed. If you’re interested in attaining and maintaining good health in our modern, fast-paced, and much too sedentary world, it would be wise to take Hippocrates’ advice and include regular, moderate exercise in your life. It's as important as our diets.

For starters... The heart and circulatory system benefits. Regular exercise makes the heart muscles stronger and more efficient. The blood vessels dilate during exercise, and so more blood reaches the muscles. It has been found that during vigorous or rapid exercise, the blood circulation in certain muscles and organs increases 25 to 30 times, supplying the muscles and organs with more oxygen and a larger number of red blood corpuscles. The respiratory system also benefits. Breathing becomes not only more rapid, but also deeper, which makes larger quantities of oxygen available. The digestive system improves with movement as well. The secretion of the digestive juices is stimulated by exercise. So, digestion becomes more efficient. Exercise also stimulates intestinal movements or peristalsis, resulting in a more effective elimination of wastes. Then, there's the musculature system. Regular exercise strengthens the muscles, promotes their development and increases their efficiency. Stronger muscles lend better support to the joints. These are just a few of the many benefits the body experiences from exercise.

If someone's feet hurt before or quickly after starting a program, cold water gets thrown on the burning desire to get healthy and move more. The feet need to be ready to take on this challenge. 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
October 02, 2019
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In today’s program Dr. Reminga, from Northern Foot Care Center, talks about foot conditions that may reveal an important message about other health concerns. Looking down at your feet may help you understand what’s happening with your overall health. Our feet have a story to tell and it’s not so much a mystery if you know what to look for.

The #1 clue that may answer a bigger health question is PAIN. Foot Pain is NEVER normal and foot pain should NOT be ignored. Any type of foot pain whether you’ve had it for a while or it’s brand new, warrants a call to Dr. Reminga’s office to be evaluated. Dr. Reminga says, "I often draw this comparison. If you had a headache everyday you wouldn’t say 'Oh well, another day another headache, that’s just part of life.' This isn’t the way to think about sore, painful feet either. Pain in the feet can signal a whole host of conditions from plantar fasciitis, to fractures, to arthritis. It’s important to take note WHEN the foot pain is present, this can give you a hint about the cause."

The #2 clue that may answer a bigger question is DISCOLORATION. Most people have heard how important it is to check their body and face for unusual or suspicious discolorations when looking for signs of skin cancer. However, did you know that skin cancer is the MOST common cancer seen in the foot? Toenails need to be checked as well. Melanoma, which is the most deadly type of skin cancer, can appear as dark spots underneath the toenails.

In addition to foot pain and discoloration, Dr. Reminga reveals 5 additional foot conditions you never want to ignore such as foot numbness, swollen feet, cold feet, itchy feet, and the way you walk or your gait. 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
September 24, 2019
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In today’s program Dr. Reminga, from Northern Foot Care Center, talks about the various foot conditions that can be confused with plantar fasciitis. You may have heard the term, Plantar Fasciitis, but aren’t completely certain what it is. If you’ve had Plantar Fasciitis, you’re all too familiar with the condition. Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the flat, thick band of tissue that connects the heel bone to the toes and is the most common cause of heel pain. Dr. Reminga says that this is one of the top conditions that he treats in his office at Northern Foot Care Center.

The primary symptom with Plantar Fasciitis is pain around the bottom sole, or heel of the foot and can be perceived as a radiating throughout the foot, ankle, and even the lower leg. Because the patient can feel the pain in different locations of the foot… plantar fasciitis can often be misunderstood and mistaken for other conditions. The opposite can also be true where another condition can be mistaken for plantar fasciitis.

A conditions that can be mistaken for Plantar Fasciitis is called a “Ruptured Plantar Fascia”. This may not sound very different but it is. With plantar fasciitis the plantar fascia is characterized by Micro-tears or small tears in the plantar fascia tissue. In the case of a “ruptured” plantar fascia those tears are magnified due to a significant injury or plantar fasciitis that has gotten worse. The differentiating factor is the severity of pain. If a person does have plantar fasciitis they run the risk of it worsening and weakening to the point of rupturing. The ruptured plantar fasciitis is usually accompanied by a “pop” sound. This would indicate a rupture has taken place and severe pain will follow along with the inability to bear weight on the foot accompanied by bruising and swelling to follow.

There are numerous other conditions that can be confused with Plantar Fasciitis such as arthritis and tendonitis for example. 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
September 18, 2019
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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.