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Biren Shah

Podiatrist (Foot and Ankle Specialist)

Dr. Biren Shah is a podiatrist practicing in rockford, IL. Dr. Shah is a medical doctor specializing in the treatment of the foot , ankle and related parts of the leg. As a podiatrist, Dr. Shah 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.
7 years Experience
Biren Shah
  • rockford, IL
  • Barry university
  • Accepting new patients

What are the best shoes recommended for people with flat feet?

It all depends on the severity of flat foot deformity. I usually recommend inserts as well as New Balance, Asics, Brooks shoes.

How are calluses treated?

Callus can be caused due to significant pressure point on your foot. There are topical cream such as Urea that can help with debridement as well as Podiatric physicians can help READ MORE
Callus can be caused due to significant pressure point on your foot. There are topical cream such as Urea that can help with debridement as well as Podiatric physicians can help remove those. Ultimately, you need to off load those pressure points with off loading pads.

How is a diabetic foot treated?

Well diabetic feet can have multiple issues such as neuropathy, poor circulation, ulcers, infections, toe nail fungus, dry feet, gangrene so please advice your mom to keep her READ MORE
Well diabetic feet can have multiple issues such as neuropathy, poor circulation, ulcers, infections, toe nail fungus, dry feet, gangrene so please advice your mom to keep her blood sugar under control and also follow up regularly with podiatrist.

What shoes should I wear for hammertoe?

Yes hammertoes typically run in family. I usually recommend hammertoe splints with new balance, Asics, brooks shoes.

I have a weird growth on my ankle. What could it be?

Around the ankle, there could be a few things, ganglion cyst, lipoma, bone cyst, accessory bone so hard to say without proper evaluation or x-rays. Please have it checked out by READ MORE
Around the ankle, there could be a few things, ganglion cyst, lipoma, bone cyst, accessory bone so hard to say without proper evaluation or x-rays. Please have it checked out by your local podiatrist for proper treatment.

Can a bunion be treated without surgery?

Very rarely. You will have to use bunion splint all the time to keep your 1st ray aligned. as soon as you take it off, bunion will continue to persist. Usually surgery is the required READ MORE
Very rarely. You will have to use bunion splint all the time to keep your 1st ray aligned. as soon as you take it off, bunion will continue to persist. Usually surgery is the required for symptomatic bunion.

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

Was there any biopsy or culture taken from the wound to identify the organism that is causing the infection? If not then its very likely the reason why the antibiotics are ineffective. READ MORE
Was there any biopsy or culture taken from the wound to identify the organism that is causing the infection? If not then its very likely the reason why the antibiotics are ineffective. I would ask that doctor to perform wound culture or get a second opinion. wound care centers are usually better options for chronic wounds.

I have a recurrent problem of ingrown toenails. What should I do?

Please visit a podiatrist and they could remove that nail border and perform a permanent fix by cauterizing that nail root so it does not come back again.

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

Usually toe off-loading pads, sleeves can help reduce pain and symptoms, but X-rays are needed to offer further treatment options. If it's a simple bone growth, it could be easily READ MORE
Usually toe off-loading pads, sleeves can help reduce pain and symptoms, but X-rays are needed to offer further treatment options. If it's a simple bone growth, it could be easily shaved off via outpatient surgery.

Do store orthotics work?

Depending on your diagnosis, they might or might not serve well. For significant issues such as flat foot, high arch foot, biomechanical issues, you would need custom orthotics. READ MORE
Depending on your diagnosis, they might or might not serve well. For significant issues such as flat foot, high arch foot, biomechanical issues, you would need custom orthotics. For the first timers with heel pain or just to have some support, over-the-counter orthotics could suffice your need. I usually recommend semi-rigid store bought inserts such as Superfeet or Purestride. You could look them up on Amazon. Please go see your local podiatrist to understand if you have any foot issues, so you can get proper understanding.

Ingrown toenail surgery now have thick ridged nails

Hello, There are usually 3 reasons why you could have developed this problem: 1. If the nail bed had been damaged during the procedure. 2. If you had suffered any injury to READ MORE
Hello,

There are usually 3 reasons why you could have developed this problem:
1. If the nail bed had been damaged during the procedure.
2. If you had suffered any injury to the nail bed during the healing, until the new nail grows back fully.
3. If you had developed nail fungus infection to the nail bed during the time of healing.

There are multiple things you could try to improve the appearance of the nails, but first you need to have nail biopsy performed to determine if there is actual fungal infection. Nail bed reconstruction could be performed if there is no toe nail infection. If there is fungal infection, then you have options of topical antifungal meds, oral meds, laser treatment, total nail removal with nail bed reconstruction.

I hope this was helpful. Let me know if you have anymore questions.

Sincerely,
Dr. Biren Shah