By Elizabeth M. Nessler
Anyone who has suffered foot or ankle pain knows that this pain can have a negative effect on one's normal activities. Dr. Steven Lemberger understands this problem and has the skills, training and education to help. Dr. Lemberger treats all types of foot and ankle problems from bunions, calluses and corns to sprains, fractures and heel spurs and everything in between. The doctor's office is located in the Wemrock Professional Mall, at 505 Stillwells Corner Road in Freehold.
Dr. Lemberger grew up in Poughkeepsie, New York. He received his undergraduate degree from Syracuse University and his Doctor of Podiatric Medicine from New York College of Podiatric Medicine in New York. Here he was recognized at commencement as the Student in the Class of 1999 who best advanced Podiatric Medicine. His residency training was done St. Clares's Hospital in New York, where he was Resident of the Year 2000. He also did two residencies at Metropolitan Hospital/Lincoln Hospital/Foot Clinics of New York. During this residency he was named the Chief Resident for the New York College of Podiatric Medicine and all its affiliated hospitals.
He has served as an adjunct instructor at the New York College of Podiatric Medicine, where he taught Introduction to Surgical Principles. At the 2002 New York Podiatric Medical Convention he taught an interactive workshop on the newest foot and ankle bone fixation techniques. He has also had abstracts published in the Compendium of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery, 2000. In December 2002, he published an article, "Protecting the Foot & Ankle During Winter Sports" in Monmouth Men's Magazine. In this he advocated the importance of keeping feet warm and dry when participating in winter sports and activities.
Two years ago he and his wife Elisa (née Metz), who is a third generation Freeholdite, moved to Freehold and he opened his own practice. Currently he is affiliated with CentraState Hospital and its Wound Care Center, Ocean Medical Center and the Robert Wood Johnson Surgical Center. He also maintains a part time office in Point Pleasant. Prevention of foot and ankle problems is as important to Dr. Lemberger as correction of existing ones. He has written brochures that give tips for preventing and treating injuries of the foot and ankle in basketball and golf. In them he emphasizes the importance of using the correct type of sock and proper fitting sneakers. He also stresses that basketball players should replace their sneakers often since there is a proven link between the replacement of sneakers and the prevention of injuries. In both, he discusses the treatment of common foot and ankle injuries that can be incurred by participating in these sports.
Another brochure provides tips for keeping children's feet safe and healthy. It covers the importance of buying appropriate athletic shoes, the prevention and treatment of plantar warts and ingrown nails as well as a list of common foot concerns in children. Ingrown toenails are frequently the result of the improper cutting of the nail, an injury or over curvature of the nail. To prevent this problem nails should be cut straight across or by a podiatrist. Also, children should not wear shoes that place extra pressure on the front of the foot. Plantar warts are caused by a virus which develops on the sole of the foot. These are often painful and if left untreated tend to spread. Children with either of these foot problems should see a podiatrist as soon as possible.
Dr. Lemberger treats all foot and ankle problems, from infancy to adulthood. He is also a recognized foot and ankle surgeon. Recently he has trained in the use of Extracorporeal Shock Waves. This is a non-invasive procedure, similar to Lithotripsi which is used on renal tissue, used to break up heel spurs. Heel spurs are extremely painful. Often they can be treated with drug therapy, but when this is not effective, surgery is the last resort. The recuperation period is often long and difficult because patients are unable to walk on the foot. Extracorporeal Shock Waves, being non-invasive, allows the patient to heal more quickly and return to a normal life style more rapidly. This new procedure is available, in this area, only at Robert Wood Johnson Surgical Center since they are the only local facility that has the necessary equipment.
Wound care is another area of Dr. Lemberger's expertise. Patients, especially those suffering from diabetes, often develop ulcers or wounds that don't heal. Even corns and calluses that are not treated properly by a podiatrist can become nonhealing wounds. Wound care management is a specialized field designed to treat these nonhealing wounds and attempt to prevent surgical amputation.
Dr. Lemberger has two web sites that may interest anyone with a foot or ankle problem. Check out the websites www.10toes.com or www.podiatrychannel.com/footcaredoc/ for more information about Dr. Lemberger and a variety of foot problems. If you have questions for the doctor or want to schedule an appointment, call the office at 732-863-7010. Elisa or Susan will be happy to help you.
Remember, healthy feet are the foundation for a healthy, happy life.