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Dr. Fred Birnbaum, DPM

Podiatrist (Foot and Ankle Specialist)

Dr. Fred Birnbaum is a podiatrist practicing in Bensalem, PA. Dr. Birnbaum is a medical doctor specializing in the treatment of the foot , ankle and related parts of the leg. As a podiatrist, Dr. Birnbaum diagnoses and treats conditions of the feet. The feet are key body parts that give a person stability, absorb shock, allow for walking and standing and are necessary for overall well-being. So, the feet need expert care. Podiatrists can specialize in surgery, wound care, sports medicine, diabetic care and pediatrics.
Dr. Fred Birnbaum, DPM
  • Bensalem, PA
  • Accepting new patients

Are arch supports the only way to treat neuroma?

In my 40 years if practice, I have found that custom footborthoses are only a pirtion of the treatment. Other successful treatments include corticosteroid injections and therapeutic READ MORE
In my 40 years if practice, I have found that custom footborthoses are only a pirtion of the treatment. Other successful treatments include corticosteroid injections and therapeutic neurolysis via a 4% ethanol solution in marcaine for 5-8 treatments. This works mist of the time and the few thst do not respond require excision of the affected nerve.

Can bunions indicate an underlying foot problem?

Yes, there is an underlying imbalance in how the muscles and joints work as a response to the genetic abnormality of bony development. Custom orthotics may alleviate this enough READ MORE
Yes, there is an underlying imbalance in how the muscles and joints work as a response to the genetic abnormality of bony development. Custom orthotics may alleviate this enough to not need reconstructive surgery.

I have a little bone growth just under my toe. Will it have to be treated with surgery?

I take this to mean that it is under your toenail. If that is the case, then surgery is the best option

What shoes should I wear for hammertoe?

Shoes with a higher toe box will be more comfortable, but will not prevent worsening. See a podiatrist for evaluation and they will discuss the treatment for this painful deformity. READ MORE
Shoes with a higher toe box will be more comfortable, but will not prevent worsening. See a podiatrist for evaluation and they will discuss the treatment for this painful deformity.

For a runner, what aftercare do you recommend to ensure feet health?

First, stop running until you get treated for the heel pain. The more you run, the worse the heel pain will get. You may need comprehensive therapy to get healthy again

I have a lot of heel pain in the mornings after going for a walk. What can I do to treat it?

Do only the walking you must do until you get some treatment for the heel pain. In the meantime freeze a water bottle and roll it on your heel arch for 5 minutes at a time to help READ MORE
Do only the walking you must do until you get some treatment for the heel pain. In the meantime freeze a water bottle and roll it on your heel arch for 5 minutes at a time to help the problem

My feet sweat a lot. Is that normal or is it a problem?

It is called hyperhidrosis and is readily treated by a foot specialist

My grandfather's wound is not healing. What should we do?

Get him to a foot specialist. This sounds like a diabetic ulcer.

Is foot amputation the only solution for gangrene?

Unless it is only a superficial gangrene, the portion of the foot that has lost its blood supply and has died most be removed to avoid infection spreading further. Moreover, steps READ MORE
Unless it is only a superficial gangrene, the portion of the foot that has lost its blood supply and has died most be removed to avoid infection spreading further. Moreover, steps must be taken to restore circulation to avoid limb loss

I have flat feet and running is becoming painful. What should I do?

See a podiatrist, you may need custom foot orthotics. In the meantime you could try an OTC version, but custom ones made by a specialist with corrections are far superior to store READ MORE
See a podiatrist, you may need custom foot orthotics.
In the meantime you could try an OTC version, but custom ones made by a specialist with corrections are far superior to store bought ones.

A glass pricked my foot and even after a month the spot hurts. What should I do?

Glass doesn’t show on an X-ray unless it is leaded glass. There is obviously some glass or a foreign body reaction still there. See a podiatrist who can remove it in the office READ MORE
Glass doesn’t show on an X-ray unless it is leaded glass. There is obviously some glass or a foreign body reaction still there. See a podiatrist who can remove it in the office under local or in an OR.

What is the meaning of the term ballerina foot?

Ballerina foot is not medical terminology, but an observation of the damage caused by years of dancing en pointe. Toe contractures occur, bunion deformities develop, and eventually, READ MORE
Ballerina foot is not medical terminology, but an observation of the damage caused by years of dancing en pointe. Toe contractures occur, bunion deformities develop, and eventually, arthritic changes occur very often.

Why are my feet so crooked?

See a podiatrist. They may be able to stop the worsening or slow it down via foot orthotics or do the necessary surgery to correct what are probably hereditary deformities

Can I run with flat feet?

I would seek out a Podiatrist who could make you customized foot orthotics that will improve your foot function during gait. OTC orthotics may provide some comfort, but will not READ MORE
I would seek out a Podiatrist who could make you customized foot orthotics that will improve your foot function during gait. OTC orthotics may provide some comfort, but will not provide optimal gait.

There is a feeling of discomfort in my right foot. What could this be?

This is far too general a question to be answered Any physician would require much more detail to arrive at a diagnosis here.

Why do I wake up with pain in my heels everyday?

It’s called plantar fasciitis, a problem I treat about 5 times a day. Google info about it online and get to your friendly neighborhood pidiatrist’s office. The longer you wait, READ MORE
It’s called plantar fasciitis, a problem I treat about 5 times a day. Google info about it online and get to your friendly neighborhood pidiatrist’s office. The longer you wait, the worse it gets.

I have a painful, swollen ankle following an injury. What to do?

RICE- rest, ice, compression, elevation. Mild sprains can be healed in a week, severe ones 6 weeks with a cam walker. You need to get an X-ray done and be seen by a podiatrist READ MORE
RICE- rest, ice, compression, elevation. Mild sprains can be healed in a week, severe ones 6 weeks with a cam walker. You need to get an X-ray done and be seen by a podiatrist for quality care.

Do heel bone fractures require surgery?

Depends on the type and severity of the fracture, whether the joints were involved and much more. Impossible to determine without imaging results.

What to do for swollen feet?

Compression stockings or a lymphedema pump can be helpful, but the patient should also see her physician to determine if medication is needed as well.

Do store orthotics work?

Most over-the -counter foot orthotics are for comfort only; they do not correct for imbalance or malalignment of the foot during gait. The analogy I like to use is sunglasses vs. READ MORE
Most over-the -counter foot orthotics are for comfort only; they do not correct for imbalance or malalignment of the foot during gait.
The analogy I like to use is sunglasses vs. prescription glasses.
If you need vision correction and you go outside in bright sunlight, are you going to go to the drugstore and buy a pair of Raybans? You could, and they would make your vision a bit more comfortable in the sunlight. However they wouldn't help you see clearly. That's why you would go to your optometrist and get a pair of prescription sunglasses so you would have comfort as well as good vision.
The same holds true for custom podiatrist prescription orthotics vs OTC or shoe store foot orthotics. If you have foot pain or deformity, podiatrist ordered custom orthotics are far superior and less costly in the long run.