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Dr. Fred Birnbaum

Podiatry
Fairless hills, PA
44 years experience male

Locations

Fred Birnbaum, DPM

Fairless hills, PA

Address

333 N.Oxford Valley rd, suite 104, Oxford Crossing, Fairless hills, PA
Directions

Practice website

Fax

215-245-4011

Insurances accepted

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Bensalem Podiatry Assoc

Bensalem, PA

About

Bio

Born and raised in Phila Pa to Holocaust survivors. Married with 2 grown boys and 2 grown stepchildren. Hobbies include non-traditional healing, fishing, sports memorabilia, and competitive pinochle. Also a certified Yoga Teacher from the Sky Foundation and certified Integrative Kabbalistic Healer.

Specialties
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Podiatry

Licenses

United States: Pennsylvania

Languages spoken

English, Russian

Doctor Q&A

224 Answers
82 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 61-year-old female asked:
Dr. Fred Birnbaum
Podiatry 44 years experience
Do it now.: A partial avulsion is usually minimally painful afterwards- the sore toe is worse. I'd do it now to prevent an infection setting in while you are away... Read More
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Fred Birnbaum
Podiatry 44 years experience
No relationship: I've never seen or heard a relationship there. Large quantities of red meats, beer and several other foods are known triggers for gout. Lately, it has... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Fred Birnbaum
Podiatry 44 years experience
2 possible reasons: One reason would be poor circulation from your veins. The second could be a problem with the thermostatic mechanism in the brain that regulates how yo... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Fred Birnbaum
Podiatry 44 years experience
Depends on severity: For an ankle sprain, ice is helpful during the first week especially. Gentle range of motion exercise is helpful later and strengthening lastly.
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Fred Birnbaum
Podiatry 44 years experience
Inflammation.: The redness and pain can be caused by any condition that results in inflammatory changes- whether an infection or an acute arthritis. See your pcp soo... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Fred Birnbaum
Podiatry 44 years experience
Back pain and numbne: This called neuropathy and has to do with irritation of the nerves at the spinal roots. Sometimes dealing with the cause of the back pain will help, b... Read More
A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Fred Birnbaum
Podiatry 44 years experience
No: Alteration of footgear and arch supports are usually the "first aid" of heel pain. If not improved, increasing heel height, ice massage and taking ant... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Fred Birnbaum
Podiatry 44 years experience
It could help.: There are several grades of ankle sprain, as there are up to 3 ligaments involved. A course of pt can be helpful, and these are but 2 of the modalitie... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Fred Birnbaum
Podiatry 44 years experience
Wart treatment: There are numerous ways to treat them- chemically, surgically and medically. Type of wart, location and number will often dictate the best treatment n... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Fred Birnbaum
Podiatry 44 years experience
Get checked out: While plantar fasciitis is a possibility, there are several other conditions which may cause this symptom. An evaluation should be done if the problem... Read More
A 40-year-old male asked:
Dr. Fred Birnbaum
Podiatry 44 years experience
Dermatitis: It sounds more like a skin reaction or inflammation- possibly an allergic reaction. See your local podiatrist for diagnostic evaluation and treatment.
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Fred Birnbaum
Podiatry 44 years experience
Doubtful: Arch pain has numerous causes and often, soft insoles do little or nothing. Until you get an appointment with a podiatrist for exam and diagnosis I wo... Read More
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Fred Birnbaum
Podiatry 44 years experience
Ignore: Rest, ice, compression (like an ace wrap or ankle brace) and elevation are all immediate first-aid.
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Fred Birnbaum
Podiatry 44 years experience
Ignore: Avoid purines from animal sources so you can run like fast horses.
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Fred Birnbaum
Podiatry 44 years experience
Ignore: Gelatin capsules can promote healthier nails if they are thin or brittle.
A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Fred Birnbaum
Podiatry 44 years experience
Extremity trauma: Physical trauma to the soft tissues (skin, blood vessels, nerves, muscles, ligaments) joints, and or bones of the part of the body below the leg compr... Read More
A 58-year-old male asked:
Dr. Fred Birnbaum
Podiatry 44 years experience
Not normal: you could have a bad sprain or fracture. See a podiatrist and have X-rays done if necessary.
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Fred Birnbaum
Podiatry 44 years experience
Ignore: Avoid wearing the same pair of shoes 2 days in a row to prevent athlete's foot and nail fungus.
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Fred Birnbaum
Podiatry 44 years experience
Ignore: The thrill of victory or the agony of de-feet. Freeze a water bottle and roll it on your heel.
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Fred Birnbaum
Podiatry 44 years experience
Inflammation.: You should see your family doc or a foot and ankle specialist to look into the problem and take care of it promptly.
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Fred Birnbaum
Podiatry 44 years experience
Can't tell.: However, the internal stitches are made of materials that dissolve over time, once the tissues have healed around them. So unless there are non-absorb... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Fred Birnbaum
Podiatry 44 years experience
ALLERGY: Sounds like an allergic dermatitis- see nyour pcp or dermatologist for further evaluation, diagnosis and treatment.
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Fred Birnbaum
Podiatry 44 years experience
Hematoma.: It sounds like a subungual hematoma- often caused by badly fit shoes or trauma to the nail runners frequently get these and the nail will sometimes fa... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Fred Birnbaum
Podiatry 44 years experience
Yes: After being immobilized, it is normal for your ankle to be stiff and difficult to move. Soak in warm water and it should get easier. If not, you may n... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Fred Birnbaum
Podiatry 44 years experience
Soaks: Warm water soaks , followed by antibiotic cream and a bandaid for 3-5 days is a typical regimen.
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Fred Birnbaum
Podiatry 44 years experience
Depends.: If someone has a tight achilles tendon, then a small heel will provide a better quality gait. The phrase "natural walking" is a relative statement bec... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Fred Birnbaum
Podiatry 44 years experience
Lab analysis: Culture techniques are available, but most clinicians can reasonably detect it without it.
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Fred Birnbaum
Podiatry 44 years experience
No: Herpes (herpes simplex virus- hsv) and warts (human papilloma virus- hpv) are 2 different critters and one does not cause the other.
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Fred Birnbaum
Podiatry 44 years experience
Meditation: Better strategies for coping with stress, like meditation, relaxation therapy, gentle yoga and more can be effective in dealing with this debilitating... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Fred Birnbaum
Podiatry 44 years experience
Direct contact: Usually via direct contact, although it is actually quite infrequent to see 2 members of the same family get them in short proximity to each other. I ... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Fred Birnbaum
Podiatry 44 years experience
Home care : Try otc salicylic acid applications. If no help after 2 weeks, head to your local podiatrist . There are a few painless treatments that a professional... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Fred Birnbaum
Podiatry 44 years experience
Yes.: Pasteurized products can increase inflammation. Some doctors advocate vegan diets to help severe arthritic patients.
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Fred Birnbaum
Podiatry 44 years experience
Several reasons: Other than trauma, the first thing that comes to mind is venous insufficiency, where the valves of the deep leg veins become incompetent, causing the ... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Fred Birnbaum
Podiatry 44 years experience
Cold feet: Do they warm up at night or are always cold? If always cold that is a sign of pad- peripheral arterial disease. If they warm up eventually there is no... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Fred Birnbaum
Podiatry 44 years experience
Herbs for warts: Almost any remedy will work about 10% of the time but in my experience there are many more effective treatments available.
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Fred Birnbaum
Podiatry 44 years experience
No: I would have the warts treated and not worry about the shower- but keep the shower clean!
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Fred Birnbaum
Podiatry 44 years experience
Both: Some procedures are typically performed in an office setting, while others are done in a surgicenter, outpatient in a hospital or inpatient for major/... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Fred Birnbaum
Podiatry 44 years experience
Unknown: Unless you get x-rays taken, you do not know if the growth centers in your bones have closed or not. Until they do, you will continue to grow.
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Fred Birnbaum
Podiatry 44 years experience
Barefoot: There are both benefits and drawbacks to barefoot walking. Benefits include strengthening the intrinsic musculature of the foot and drawbacks include ... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Fred Birnbaum
Podiatry 44 years experience
Vicks: Vicks is a popular remedy for many problems including toenail fungus- it has been shown in studies to have mild antifungal properties, but it is mostl... Read More
A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Fred Birnbaum
Podiatry 44 years experience
Many possible issues: The answer may be as simple as tired feet, electrolyte imbalance, circulation issues, or neurological deficits. See your local podiatrist for accurate... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Fred Birnbaum
Podiatry 44 years experience
Trench foot: Keep the feet as dry as possible. Change socks frequently, use drying powders, avoid non-leather shoes, alternate shoes daily.
A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Fred Birnbaum
Podiatry 44 years experience
Heel pain: Having heel pain for some time changes your walk, so frequently other parts of the body start hurting too- the ankle, knee, hip and even the back. Als... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Fred Birnbaum
Podiatry 44 years experience
List is a mile long: Inflammation of muscles, poor circulation, tired feet, vitamin deficiency and many more.
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Fred Birnbaum
Podiatry 44 years experience
Several reasons: If there is a heavy callus or corn present, a wart, a foreign body reaction, metatarsalgia and neuromas( nerve problem) are a few possibilities.
A member asked:
Dr. Fred Birnbaum
Podiatry 44 years experience
Minor trauma: This usually indicates blood underneath the nail plate. Many runners suffer from this due to inadequate depth of the toe box portion of a running shoe... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Fred Birnbaum
Podiatry 44 years experience
Taping: Proper athletic taping can be helpful for a metatarsal stress fracture. If the pain is alleviated by offloading the area with a combination of felt pa... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Fred Birnbaum
Podiatry 44 years experience
Foot falling asleep.: I think you are looking at this backwards. The foot falling asleep is a symptom of something else- whether a vitamin deficiency, a pressure on a nerve... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Fred Birnbaum
Podiatry 44 years experience
Complex question: If the cause is poor venous circulation- elevation of legs frequently, compression hose, salt restriction and and leg toning exercise are all easy to ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Fred Birnbaum
Podiatry 44 years experience
RICE: Rest, ice, compression, elevation- if not better quickly, head to er or urgent care center.

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Jul 17, 2014
Dr. Birnbaum is a very intelligent and caring professional. I highly recommend him as an outstanding podiatrist.
Mar 1, 2014
Very accurate and timely responses.
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Birnbaum is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thank you so very much for answering my question. I have an appointment Monday with an orthopedic doctor. Thank you again.
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Thanks so much, my dr told me a year ago I suffer from neuropathy.
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Going to try these recommendations. Thank you

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

PCPM
Graduated 1978MD

Residency

DD Eisenhower Army Med Center

Awards

Top Podiatrist, Third Place, Pennsylvania - Winter
2013
Top Podiatrist, Second Place, Pennsylvania - Summer
2013
Top Podiatrist, First Place, Pennsylvania - Summer
2014

Affiliations

American Board of. Disability Analysts
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