When you believe there is a problem with your feet or ankles, the worst thing you can do about it is nothing.

Our feet are complex organic machines, consisting of an amazing number of bones, joints, tendons, ligaments, muscles, and nerves. More parts, however, means a greater chance for a problem in the system to have longer-lasting and wider-reaching consequences the longer it is allowed to remain unaddressed.

Dr. Stuart Birnbaum provides individualized, thorough, and award-winning care for a wide variety of foot and ankle conditions. If you are reading this wondering whether we can help your problem, the answer will almost always be yes!

And if you are wondering whether your problem is “bad enough” to be seen by a podiatrist, cast that thinking aside, too! It should never be about waiting until something gets worse. The sooner a condition is identified and treated, the more effective that treatment tends to be (and the less likely it will develop into something more stubborn and chronic).

Common Foot Conditions

Here are a few of the conditions we commonly treat. (This is by no means the full extent of the care provided at Brook Valley Podiatry, though.)


Nerve damage to your feet (i.e. neuropathy) can result in pain and numbness. This is particularly common with diabetes, but other conditions and even injuries could contribute to it as well.

Neuropathy care involves managing discomfort as well as working to prevent complications or disease progression. Our office is equipped with the Neurogenx advanced system of nerve pain treatment, in addition to more conservative forms.


A bunion is a common forefoot deformity that makes it painful to walk or wear certain shoes. A biomechanical issue and pressure on the forefoot cause the joint at the base of the big toe to bulge out, swell, and grow inflamed.

The main goals of bunion care are to keep the condition from progressing and eliminate pain. Conservative methods are preferred whenever possible, but surgery is sometimes necessary.

Heel and Arch Pain

Heel pain is a common problem that affects millions of adults, and it can have many underlying causes. Plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinitis, and Haglund’s deformity are just a few potential culprits. Midfoot pain also can have many causes, whether from flat feet, high arches, or another underlying problem.

For most of these issues, the pain will not improve without targeted treatment. Let us help identify the source of the issue and eliminate your discomfort.

Skin and Nail Conditions

All sorts of conditions can cause problems for your skin and nails. Fungal toenails, athlete’s foot, ingrown nails, warts, and even blisters cause discomfort and embarrassment. The right treatments can help eliminate these issues and restore your feet to their natural, comfortable state.

Sports Injuries

Sports are wonderful activities, but sometimes they aren’t foot-friendly. Wear and tear can take a toll, contributing to overuse pain. Accidents happen, too, leading to conditions like ankle sprains, fractures, and more.

Our experts will help you not only address the problem, but get your feet back to the top of your game for your activities.

Do Not Fear Foot Surgery

Most foot and ankle conditions can be successfully treated with conservative, noninvasive methods. It’s always our goal to address your foot conditions and pain this way.

However, sometimes conservative methods are not enough. Sometimes surgery is your best option to recover quickly and completely. In this case, we will work with you to determine if this step is right for you, then help you with expert care every step of the way.

Give Your Feet the Best Care in Spring Valley

Your feet and ankles support you every day and are easy to overlook—that is, until something goes wrong. Fortunately, you don’t have to live in pain.

With expert, personalized care from Dr. Birnbaum and the staff of Brook Valley Podiatry, you can address your foot conditions and get back to living a normal, healthy life.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us for more information through our online forms. You can also ask questions and schedule an appointment by calling (845) 352-7507 for our Spring Valley office.

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