Welcome Dr. Michael Nirenberg, the BRS's Resident Podiatrist The Barefoot Runners Society would like to welcome a distinguished podiatrist to our midst, Michael Nirenberg, DPM.You can call him Dr. Mike. Some of you may recognize him from postings on the Barefoot Runner’s Forum on Runner's World where he has been a valuable asset to the barefoot and minimalist runners there. Dr. Mike is one of the few podiatrists in the country who actively supports the barefoot and minimalist running community and general barefoot living and activity as well. Dr. Mike provides a good counterbalance to those podiatrists who would advise against barefoot and minimalist activity. The BRS feels that it is important to have someone of Dr. Mike’s caliber available to you, so we were truly excited when he agreed to come on board as the BRS’s Resident Podiatrist. In order to make him available to the BRS members, the BRS has created a forum for you to post questions to Dr. Mike called “Ask the Doc.” Feel free to visit this new forum and post your questions. The decision to accept this new partnership was not made lightly by Dr. Mike and goes to show the quality and compassion of this podiatrist. When asked to host his own forum, and after giving the idea “tons of thought,” he says, “As one of the few medical specialists who believe and support barefoot activity (and barefoot running!), I believe I have an obligation to support people who are trying to do the right thing for their health.” Dr. Mike’s resume is quite extensive. He studied podiatric medicine in Chicago and then went on to complete a residency in foot and ankle surgery. He has been a podiatrist for 20 years now. He is Board Certified in Podiatric Medicine and Surgery and holds a Bachelors of Science and a Bachelors of Arts degree, and for 15 years, heserved as a Podiatric Residency Instructor teaching new podiatrists the art and science of treating patients. He serves on the Board of Directors of the American Society of Forensic Podiatry and is a member of the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA), the Indiana Podiatric Medical Association, the American College of Forensic Examiners, and the American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine. From 2008 until 2010, he served on the APMA’s Podiatric Seals Committee, helping to determine which foot and ankle products would earn the coveted podiatric seal of approval. He has assisted law enforcement in homicide investigations that involved foot-related evidence, lectured to physicians, spoken at events run by hospitals and the Arthritis Foundation, and lectured to salon and pedicure schools on foot and ankle problems. He is well published with articles in the Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association, the Journal of Foot Surgery, and the Journal of Forensic Identification. He has been featured on radio (Living Barefoot), newspapers, and television (History Channel and Fox News). He has been interviewed for various magazines including First Magazine, Get Healthy, Vim & Vigor, Northwest Indiana’s Parent Magazine, Get Healthy Magazine, and the Fixing Your Feet E-zine. Dr. Mike states, “As a practicing podiatrist and having treated over 10,000 pairs of feet, I am committed to helping America look at their feet as they never have before. More than learning about feet, I am committed to teaching people superb foot and ankle health. Our feet are our contact with the earth; if they malfunction, our entire body is at risk to develop areas of pain or problems.” Dr. Nirenberg has his own website as well, and we are pleased to advertise it here: Talk to America’s Podiatrist. Stop by the Ask the Doc forum, and welcome Dr. Mike to our community!