Dr. Nirenberg, one of our podiatrists, has participated in research, publication and education in regard to the human foot.  Dr. Nirenberg is a Board Certified podiatric physician and surgeon with over 26 years of experience in private practice.

He is also a forensic podiatrist and has assisted law enforcement, including the FBI, in the analysis of footprints, footwear and gait. His forensic efforts have helped convict criminals. Currently, he is President-Elect of the American Society of Forensic Podiatry.

Dr. Nirenberg recently entered into agreement with the academic publisher Taylor and Francis CRC Press to co-author and co-edit a textbook on forensic gait analysis. (CV is abridged.)

Current:

Foot & Ankle Podiatric Physician and Surgeon: Private Practice,
Michael Nirenberg D.P.M., 1992-1995; Friendly Foot Care, P.C.

Distinctions:   

Fellow, Association Extremity Nerve Surgeons, November 2018–Present

Board Certified in Primary Care in Podiatry and Foot & Ankle Surgery, American Board of Multiple Specialties in Podiatry, 2006–Present

Diplomate, American Board of Forensic Podiatry, April 2017–Present

President, American Society of Forensic Podiatry, June 1, 2019–Present

President-Elect, American Society of Forensic Podiatry, February 2016–May 2019

Board of Directors, American Society of Forensic Podiatry, 2006–January 2016

Forensic Podiatry Subcommittee, International Association for Identification, 2008, 2017, 2018.

Distinguished Podiatric Medical Writing Award, American Podiatric Medical Writers Association, May 1991

First Student Published in the Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association without a Physician-Coauthor, May 1989

Select Publications and Articles 

  • Nirenberg, M.S. (accepted; 2019) “Black Bone Disease of the Foot: A Case Study of Minocycline-Induced Bone Pigmentation,” Current Orthopaedic Practice.
  • Nirenberg, M.S. “Midfoot Plantar Fascia Tear Mimicking Plantar Fibroma,” The Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association, Jan 2019, 109 (1), 87-90.
  • Nirenberg, M.S., Ansert, E., Krishan, K. and Kanchan, T., (accepted 2019) “Two-dimensional linear analysis of dynamic bare footprints: A comparison of measurement techniques,”Science & Justice.
  • Nirenberg, M.S., Ansert, E., Krishan, K. and Kanchan, T., “Two-dimensional metric comparisons between dynamic bare and sock-clad footprints for its forensic implications–A pilot study,”Science & Justice, 2019, Vol. 59, Issue 1, pp. 46-51.
  • Nirenberg M., Vernon W., Birch I., “A review of the historical use and criticisms of gait analysis evidence,” Science & Justice, 2018, Vol 58, Issue 4, pp. 292-298.
  • Nirenberg, MS, Krishan K., Kanchan T. “A metric study of insole foot impressions in footwear of identical twins,” Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine, 2017; 52:116-121.
  • Nirenberg, M.S. “Frye Test and Daubert Standard” In DiMaggio J.A. & Vernon W. Forensic Podiatry: Principles and Methods (2nd ), 2017, Boca Raton: CRC Press.
  • Nirenberg M.S., “Experts Weigh In On How To Look For The Right Diabetic Shoes,” section 14 “Dr. Michael Nirenberg,” The Diabetes Council (thediabetescouncil.com), September 2017.
  • Nirenberg, M.S. “Gait, Footprints, and Footwear: How Forensic Podiatry Can Identify Criminals,” Police Chief Magazine 83 (Jan. 2016): web only.
  • Vernon W., Nirenberg, M., “Letter to Editor: In Defense of Forensic Science,Boston Review, February 18, 2016.
  • Nirenberg M.S., “Meeting a Forensic Podiatry Admissibility Challenge: A Daubert Case Study,” Journal of Forensic Sciences, 2016, 61: 833–841.
  • Nirenberg M.S., “Avoiding Missteps With Foot and Ankle Injuries,” Workers’ Compensation, June/July 2015, Vol. 1, No. 3, pp. 38-40.
  • Nirenberg M.S., “Barefoot & Minimalist Shoes for Walking” Shoe Digest, Feb. 2012.
  • Nirenberg M.S. “Barefoot Running: A Podiatrist’s Perspective,” The Barefoot Running Book: A Practical Guide to the Art and Science of Barefoot and Minimalist Shoe Running, 2nd Ed., by Jason Robillard (Editor Dirk Wierenga), August 2010.
  • Nirenberg M.S., “Book Review: Forensic Podiatry: Principles and Methods,” Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association, May 2014.
  • Vernon W, Brodie, DiMaggio, Gunn, Kelly, Nirenberg, Reel, Walker, “Forensic podiatry: role and scope of practice,” International Association for Identification, April 2009.
  • Nirenberg M.S., “Foot Notes: Choosing Shoes for Children” Northwest Indiana Parent Magazine, July 2008.
  • Nirenberg M.S., “New Method of Examining the Inside of Footwear,” Journal of Forensic Identification, June 2008, Vol. 58, Number 3, pp. 297-304.
  • Nirenberg, M.S., Carroll M., “Atypical Gout in the Foot Secondary to Primary Hyperparathyroidism,” Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Assoc., May 2007.
  • Leavitt K.M., Nirenberg, M.S., Wood, B. and Yong, R.M., “Titanium Hemi-Great Toe Implant: A Preliminary Study of Its Efficacy,” The Journal of Foot Surgery, May 1991.
  • Nirenberg, M.S., “Forensic Methods and the Podiatric Physician,” The Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association, May 1989.

Select Lectures and Presentations 

  • Nirenberg M., “Forensic Podiatry Analysis of Foot and Gait Evidence,” College of Podiatric Medicine, Kent State University [webinar], Independence, OH, April 15, 2019.
  • Nirenberg M., “Principles of Pedal Evidence,” Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine [webinar], Philadelphia, PA, November 27, 2018.
  • Nirenberg M., “Podiatric Medicine in Health and Legal Matters,” State Farm Insurance, Litigation Counsel, Crown Point, IN, April 24, 2018.
  • Nirenberg M., “Linking Feet to Shoes: Lessons from a Case Study and Adult Twin Research,” International Association for Identification, San Antonio, TX, August 2018.
  • Nirenberg M., “Accuracy in Forensic Gait Analysis: An Illustrative Case Study,” International Association for Identification, San Antonio, TX, August 2018.
  • Birch, I., Nirenberg M., “Forensic Gait Analysis for Video Analysts: Basic Concepts and a Case Study,” International Association for Identification, San Antonio, TX, August 2018.
  • Birch, I., Nirenberg M., “Forensic Gait Analysis: Questions Raised and Answers Given,” International Association for Identification, San Antonio, TX, August 2018.
  • Nirenberg M., “Podiatric Analysis of Crime Scene Footprints,” California College of Podiatric Medicine [webinar], Oakland, CA, January 26, 2018.
  • Nirenberg M., “Forensic Gait Analysis: What Every Video Analyst Needs to Know,” Law Enforcement & Emergency Services Video Association’s 28th annual Digital Multimedia Evidence Training Symposium, Clearwater, FL, October 2017.
  • Nirenberg M., “Forensic Examination of Footprints,” Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine [webinar], Philadelphia, PA, October 4, 2017
  • Nirenberg M., “Footprints in Court: Meeting a Daubert Challenge,” International Association for Identification Educational Conference, Atlanta, GA, August 2017.
  • Combs, L., Nirenberg, M., Weatherly, L., “Lower Extremity Injuries and Malpractice: Identifying False or Exaggerated Claims,” Claims Litigation Management & Business Insurance Workers’ Compensation Conference, Chicago, IL, May 24, 2017.
  • Nirenberg M., “Footprint Analysis: A Homicide Case Study,” American Society of Forensic Podiatry [webinar], March 28, 2017.
  • Nirenberg M., “Footwear Analysis in Criminal Investigations,” Barry University School of Podiatric Medicine [webinar], Miami Shores, FL, March 14, 2017.
  • Krishan K.*, DiMaggio J., Nirenberg, M., “Analyzing Bare Footprints in Criminal Cases — Interpreting a Large-Scale Footprint Study in India,” (* presenting), American Academy of Forensic Sciences Annual Meeting, New Orleans LA, February 2017.
  • Nirenberg M., “How Podiatry Principles Can Assist in the Forensic Analysis of Gait, Footwear and Footprints,” Barry University School of Podiatric Medicine [webinar], Miami Shores, FL, May 24, 2016.
  • Nirenberg M., “Forensic Podiatry — How Gait, Footwear, and Footprints Convict Criminals,” American Academy of Forensic Sciences Scientific Meeting, Las Vegas, NV, February 2016.
  • Nirenberg M., “Forensic Podiatry Analysis of Footprints: A Case Study in Identifying a Killer,” Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine & Sciences, North Chicago, IL, January 2016.
  • Nirenberg M., “Footprint Workshop: Basic Forensic Podiatry Principles of Footprint Interpretation,” Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine & Sciences, North Chicago IL, January, 2016.
  • Nirenberg M., “Scientific Principles of Using Gait, Shoes & Footprints to Convict Criminals,” Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine & Sciences, North Chicago, IL, 2015.
  • Nirenberg, M, Minhas, H., “Workplace Foot & Ankle Injuries: Diagnosis, Treatment and Return to Work,” Indiana Workers Compensation Institute, Merrillville IN, June 2015.
  • Nirenberg M., “Footprint and Footwear Analysis for State Police,” Indiana State Police, Lowell, IN, April 21, 2015.
  • Nirenberg M., “Principles of Foot-Related Evidence for Attorneys,” Lake County Prosecutor’s Office, Hobart, IN, April 8, 2015.
  • ·Nirenberg M., “Footprint Evidence Principles for Crime Scene Technicians,” Northwest Indiana Law Enforcement Personnel, Munster IN, Feb. 2015.
  • Nirenberg M., “Forensic Podiatry: How Footprints, Footwear and Gait Can Convict Criminals,” Lincoln-Way High School, Frankfort IL, October 4, 2013
  • Nirenberg M., “Forensic Podiatry: What Criminal Justice Students Should Know About Foot-Related Evidence,” Indiana University Northwest, Gary IN, March, 2011
  • Nirenberg M., “Forensic Podiatry: The Basics of Footprint and Shoe Forensics,” Purdue University, Hammond IN, November 2011.
  • Nirenberg M., “Forensic Podiatry: An Introduction to Footprints, Feet and Footwear for Undergraduate Students,” Valparaiso University, IN, November 9, 2010.
  • Nirenberg M., “Foot and Ankle Problems: An Introduction for Salon Professionals,” Crown College of Cosmetology, Crown Point, April 2010; Don Roberts Cosmetology School, Schererville, August 2010.
  • Nirenberg M., Lacey, M., “Foot & Ankle Pain,” Arthritis and You seminar, Arthritis Foundation of Greater Chicago, St. Anthony Medical Center, Crown Point, IN, October 10, 2009
  • Nirenberg M., “Podiatric Medicine,” Indiana University Northwest, Nov. 17, 2009.
  • Nirenberg M., “Diabetes and Foot Health,” Methodist Hospital, Gary, IN, July, 2008.
  • Nirenberg M., “Breakthrough Treatments for Arthritis in the Feet,” Arthritis Foundation of Greater Chicago, May 1, 2008.
  • Nirenberg M., “Foot and Ankle Problems: An Introduction for Salon Professionals,” Excel Academy of Cosmetology, November 15, 2007.
  • Nirenberg M., “Nerve Problems & Neuropathy of the Foot and Ankle,” Mary Medical Center, Merrillville, IN, June 2006.
  • Nirenberg M., “The Latest Treatments for Foot & Ankle Pain,” Arthritis Foundation of Chicago, 2005.
  • Nirenberg M., “Diagnostic Ultrasound of the Foot & Ankle,” Podiatric Surgical Residency, Merrillville, IN, September 2004.
  • Nirenberg, M., “New Techniques to Treat Foot & Ankle Pain,” Arthritis Foundation of Chicago, 2004.
  • Nirenberg, M., Williams B, “Pigmented Villonodular Synovitis: A Case Study and Literature Review,” Indiana Podiatric Medical Association Convention, October 20, 1992.
  • Nirenberg M., “Forensic Podiatry: Footprint & Footwear Analysis for Law Enforcement,” Northwest Indiana Law Enforcement Academy, Hobart, IN, April 2008.
  • Nirenberg M., “Forensic Podiatry: How Feet Can Convict Criminals,” Indiana Podiatric Medical Association, Indianapolis, IN, September 20, 2008.
  • Nirenberg M., “Forensic Podiatry: The Newest IAI Discipline,” International Association for Identification International Conference, Louisville KY, August 2008.
  • Nirenberg M., “The Value of Footwear and Footprints in Forensic Science,” Footprints & Shoeprints Forensic Seminar, Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine, Independence OH, June 2008. (Invited Speaker)
  • Nirenberg M., “Footwear Forensics: Sizing and Fiber Optic Analysis,” Footprints & Shoeprints Seminar, Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine, Independence OH, June 2008 (Invited Speaker)
  • Forman M., Vernon W., Wasowicz M., Kennedy R., Nirenberg M., “Case Applications,” Footprints & Shoeprints Seminar, Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine, Independence OH, June 2008. (Invited Speaker)
  • Nirenberg M., “Forensic Podiatry: Essentials of Footprint and Footwear Evidence for Law Enforcement,” Northwest Indiana Law Enforcement Academy, Hobart, April 2008.
  • Nirenberg M., “CSI Podiatry: What Podiatrists Need to Know to Help Law Enforcement,” Midwest Podiatry Conference, Chicago IL, March 30, 2008.
  • Nirenberg M., “Forensic Podiatry: Information on Feet, Footprints and Footwear for Law Enforcement,” The Indiana Intelligence Fusion Center, a division of the Department of Homeland Security, December 11, 2007.
  • Nirenberg M., “Forensic Podiatry: What Law Enforcement Should Know About Footprint and Footwear Evidence,” Lake County Detectives, Lake County IN, September 2007.
  • Nirenberg M., “Forensic Podiatry – What Investigators Need To Know About Footwear and Footprints,” Indiana Division of the International Association for Identification Educational Conference Evansville IN, October 2007. (Featured Speaker).

Select Media 

  • A&E TV Real Crime blog interviewed Dr. Nirenberg on the value of foot evidence in “What’s a ‘Shoe Autopsy’? A Forensic Podiatrist Explains the Value of Foot Evidence in Solving Crimes,” by Adam Janos, July 27, 2018.
  • ABC News (Nashville) reported on Dr. Nirenberg’s use of forensic gait analysis to help identify an armed robber, which led to an arrest. The segment “Violent Tennessee Robbery Solved by Foot Doctor; 3 Arrested” was by Stephanie Langston and aired February 7, 2018.
  • NWI Times newspaper reported on Dr. Nirenberg’s forensic analysis of a bloody footprint in “Local doctor helps net Wisconsin murder conviction,” by Elvia Malagon, January 9, 2015.
  • The Virginian-Pilot newspaper interviewed Dr. Nirenberg in “Detectives Turn to Podiatry to Help Solve Murder Case,” by Scott Daugherty August 9, 2014.
  • WBBM News Radio Chicago – reporter Veronica Carter interviewed Dr. Nirenberg about foot problems and footwear. The segment aired September 13,
  • Get Healthy Magazine interviewed and quoted Dr. Nirenberg on his recommendations for preventive foot care in “Proper Foot Care Can Prevent Disease,” by Chris Bryant, April 2013.
  • NBC News website interviewed and quoted Dr. Nirenberg on how feet and toes can reveal medical and health problems throughout the entire body in “This Little Piggy Went to Medical School,” by Bill Briggs April 2011.
  • The Canadian Medical Association Journal interviewed and quoted Dr. Nirenberg on how orthotics treat foot pain in “Orthotics Work in Mysterious Ways,” by R. Collier, March 8, 2011
  • Lance Armstrong’s LiveStrong.com interviewed Dr. Nirenberg about rheumatoid arthritis in feet in “An Exercise for Ankle Locks from Rheumatoid Arthritis,” by K. Wonderly, Nov. 2010.
  • The Wall Street Journal interviewed and quoted Dr. Nirenberg on the risks of cosmetic foot surgery in “Toe the Line: Doctors Fight Cosmetic Foot Surgery,” by M. Beck, July 27, 2010.
  • Northwest Indiana Times Newspaper featured Dr. Nirenberg on educating pedicurists about foot problems, such as cancer, in “Can a pedicure save your life? Podiatrist, Pedicurists Unite to Catch Foot Problems, Cancer Early,” Erika Rose, March 2010.
  • The Indianapolis Recorder interviewed and quoted Dr. Nirenberg on gout in “Gout becomes more common in Blacks,” by Tashaundra Golden, July 22, 2010.
  • Fox News (Chicago) interviewed Dr. Nirenberg on Forensic Podiatry and featured him in a news story (aired April 29, 2008).
  • Vim & Vigor Magazine featured Dr. Nirenberg in regard to his diagnosis of a patient’s foot pain being caused by a rare tumor in the neck, in “From Doctors to Detectives,” Winter, 2007.

Select Specialized Training

  • “Advanced Peripheral Nerve Course,” Association for Extremity Nerve Surgeons, Kennebunkport, ME, May 3-4, 2019.
  • “Fundamental Peripheral Nerve Surgery Course,” Association for Extremity Nerve Surgeons, New Orleans, LA, November 7-9, 2018.
  • “GraMedica Didactic & Hands-on Training Course,” Michael Graham, GraMedica, Macomb, MI, September 13, 2018.
  • “Peripheral Nerve Intro Skills Lab – Diagnostics, Tarsal Tunnel & Nerve Repair,” Rader, Association of Extremity Nerve Surgeons, Chicago IL, April 1, 2018.
  • “Opioid Prescribing: Legal & Social Implications, Risks and Rewards,” Mary Medical Center Continuing Medical Education, Hobart IN, April 14, 2018.
  • “Completion of HyProCure Online Physician Training,” Graham International Implant Institute, Macomb, MI, accessed October 2017.
  • Laser Science & Safety, American National Standard for the safe use of lasers in Health Care Facilities, Laser Training Institute, Broadwest Specialty Surgical Center, April 2014.
  • Responsible Prescribing – Redefining the Standards of Care – (live webinar) Julie Reed, JD, General Counsel, Mike Rinebold, Director of Government Relations, Indiana State Medical Association, accessed November 30, 2013.
  • “Walk With Ease” Leader Training, Arthritis Foundation, Atlanta, accessed Oct. 2013.
  • “Dermal Regeneration Products Physician Training Program,” Integra LifeSciences, Crown Point, IN, May, 4, 2006.
  • “Lower Extremity Peripheral Nerve Surgery: Advanced Workshop,” Lee Dellon, Institute for Peripheral Nerve Surgery, Baltimore, MD, April 2005.
  • Neurosensory & Motor Testing Certified Administrator,” Sensory Management Services, Baltimore, MD, April 2005
  • “Practical Application & Diagnostic Theory in Podiatric Ultrasound,” Lin, Esaote PIE Medical, Indianapolis, IN, August 2004.
  • “OssaTron Physician Training for Plantar Fasciitis,” Roy Brown, September 6, 2001.
  • “Subtalar Maxwell-Brancheau Arthroereisis Surgical Procedure Training Certification,” Pflieger Galt, KMI, March 31, 2000.
  • “Comprehensive Training Seminar on Vascular Procedures using Cynosure Laser System,” A. Giergerich, Cynosure, February 2000.
  • “Arthroscopy of the Foot and Ankle Course,” W. Kelley, Chicago, IL, April 15-17, 1994.

Forensic Podiatry 

  • “Photographic Comparison workshop,” Meline and W. Bruehs, 103rd International Association for Identification Conference, August 2018.
  • International Association for Identification 2015-2018 Annual Conference.
  • “Forensic Gait Analysis workshops,” Birch (2018), S. Reidy, I. Birch (2017), I. Birch (2016), W. Vernon, I. Birch (2015), International Association for Identification Conference.
  • “Photoshop Forensic Video Analysis Workflow: A Comprehensive Workshop,” Reis, Law Enforcement & Emergency Services Video Assoc., Clearwater, FL, Oct. 2017.
  • “Comparison of Plantar Friction Ridge Impressions workshop,” Stimac, International Association Annual Conference, August 2017.
  • “Introduction to the Human Foot in Forensic Evaluation: Foot structure, function and barefoot analysis workshop,” David Agoada and Steven Wachter, International Association for Identification Conference, August 2016.
  • “Basic Reverse Projection Photogrammetry workshop,” Kimberly Meline and Walter Bruehs, International Association for Identification Conference, August 2016.
  • “Forensic Imaging Techniques Course,” George Reis, Law Enforcement & Emergency Services Video Association, September 2016.
  • “Forensic Gait Analysis Training,” G. Burrow, online, May 2015, June 2016.
  • “Documentation and Recovery of 2D Footwear Impression Evidence Workshop,” Jason Cole, International Association for Identification Conference, August 2015.
  • “A Study of the Comparison of Inked Barefoot Impressions to Barefoot Impressions Inside the Shoe” Hammer, Impression and Pattern Evidence Symposium 2012, accessed online February 2015.
  • “Foot Morphology Standards” Shelly Massey, Impression and Pattern Evidence Symposium 2012, accessed online February 2015.
  • “Barefoot Comparison and Impressions in Footwear” Shelly Massey, Impression and Pattern Evidence Symposium 2012, accessed online 2/2015.
  • “Forensic Podiatry Instructional Program,” Podiatry Management, accessed online, Feb., 2015.
  • “Footprints & Shoeprints Forensic Seminar,” Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine, Cleveland, OH, 2008.
  • “Detection, Recovery & Examination of Footwear Impression Evidence,” William Bodziak, Bodziak Forensics, Jacksonville, FL, 2007.
  • “Examination & Comparison of Footwear Evidence,” Dwane Hilderbrand, Ron Smith & Associates, Largo, FL, 2007.
  • “Footwear & Tire Track Evidence,” Michael Wasowicz, Imprimus Forensic Services, Glenview, IL, 2007.

Other Roles 

  • Research Participant, study investigated the overlay method for in-shoe foot impression comparison. N. Howsam, University of Huddersfield, UK, May 2019.
  • Author/editor, Vernon W., Birch I., Nirenberg M., Gait Analysis in Forensic Science textbook, Taylor & Francis CRC Press, New York, 2018/2019 (work description, unpublished).
  • Utilization Review Committee, Pinnacle Hospital, Merrillville, IN, 2018 – 2019
  • Peer review of journal article submission, American Podiatric Medical Association, May 2017.
  • Quality Committee, Pinnacle Hospital, Merrillville, IN, 2016 – 2019.
  • Infection Control Committee, Pinnacle Hospital, Merrillville, IN 2016 – 2019.
  • Podiatric Physician Student Mentor, American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine, 2008–2018
  • Podiatric “Seal of Approval” Committee Member, American Podiatric Medical Association, 2008 –
  • Assisted in surgical training of podiatry residents, Mary Medical Center & MHC Surgery Center Podiatric Surgical Residency, 1992 – 2007.
  • “Arthritis Foundation ‘Walk With Ease’ Class Instructor,” Munster Park District, Munster, IN, 2013.

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