Welcome to Our Practice

Our physicians provide foot and ankle care in the Tri-County area including: Berkley, Southfield, Royal Oak, Oak Park, and Ferndale.

Drs. Hoffman, B. Kissel, C. Kissel, Schey, Ungar, and Weitzman provide quality, comprehensive foot and ankle care to patients in Berkley and the surrounding communities. Combined, they have over 100 years of experience in podiatry and a genuine concern for patients. In adddition, the NorthPointe Foot & Ankle staff is dedicated to promptly attending to your comfort and care.

This web site provides you with an overview of our practice and the field of podiatry. As you navigate the site, you'll find information about our practice philosophy, physicians, office location, insurance policies, and appointment scheduling procedures. Please browse the site at your convenience and contact us with any questions. You can also schedule an appointment by clicking here.

Should your care require surgical intervention, we are on staff at many area hospitals including:

Surgical Foot Correction - Visit our Educational Video Section


ARTHRITIS AND YOUR FEET

Arthritis is an inflammation and swelling of the cartilage and lining of the joints, generally accompanied by an increase in the fluid in the joints. It is a disabling and occasionally crippling disease afflicting almost 50 million Americans. In some forms, it appears to be hereditary.  Although the prevalence of arthritis increases with age, all people from infancy to middle age are potential victims. People over 50 are the primary targets.  

There is usually no need to endure years of painful ambulation because of arthritic feet.  Most conditions can be diagnosed and treated either conservatively or surgically by your NorthPointe Foot & Ankle podiatrist.

Because each foot has 33 joints that can be afflicted - and there is no way to avoid the tremendous weight-bearing load on the feet - feet are very susceptible to arthritis. Arthritic feet can result in loss of mobility and independence. However, early diagnosis and proper medical care can limit or slow the damage.

Symptoms of arthritis in the foot and ankle include:

  • Early morning stiffness.
  • Limitation in motion of joint.
  • Recurring pain or tenderness in any joint.
  • Redness or heat in a joint.
  • Skin changes, including rashes and growths.
  • Swelling in one or more joints.

Our Office Can Test for Circulation Problems. It's Quick and Painless!

Do you experience leg pain while walking or exercising? This could be a sign of Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD). The most common symptom of PAD is a painful muscle cramping in the hips, thighs or calves when walking, climbing stairs, or exercising. The pain of PAD usually goes away when you stop exercising, although this may take a few minutes

NorthPointe is home to the PADnet machine which provides a pain-free screening for PAD. The test is run in the office and the results are read by our own experts. The results are then confidentially transferred over the Internet to a group of cardiologists for their review.

PAD is treatable. Make an appointment today at NorthPointe to get screened for PAD. It only takes 15 - 20 minutes.


Pedicure Advice

With the warmer temperatures outside, open toed shoes are making their way out of the closet and slipped on underneath beautifully manicured feet. The pedicure season is in full swing!

Unfortunately, not all pedicure facilities offer clean and proper foot care and infections and other foot ailments may arise.  The podiatrists of NorthPointe Foot & Ankle want to share the following advice for individuals deciding on a location to receive a pedicure:

  • Make sure that the instruments used are clean and sterilized.  Ask the technician which cleaning procedure they use, as well as the frequency of cleaning.
    • Soaking in alcohol is NOT an approved sterilization method.
    • Sterilization – rather than disinfecting – is the best method.  This can be done by using a cleaning agent such as hospital bactericide, fungicide or viricide.  Instruments can be sterilized in an autoclave or ultrasonic machine.
    • Make sure the instruments are sterilized after each use.
    • You may consider bringing your own tools – nail nipper, cuticle nipper, cuticle  pusher and curette cleaner
  • Make sure foot tubs or basins are drained after performing a pedicure to get rid of all the bacteria present.  Once all the water is removed, the inside of the tub should be wiped down with an antibacterial cleaner.
  • Make sure the technician's hands are clean. The nail technician should wash their hands in between clients. If they do not wash their hands, request that they do, or that they wear gloves.
  • If you are diabetic, pedicures are not advised.  Visit your podiatrist before receiving a pedicure to identify any potential risks.
  • Do not allow aggressive cleaning.  Nails should be cut straight with slightly rounded edges.  If bleeding of calluses occurs, see your podiatrist.
  • Discolored or sickly nails should be treated by your podiatrist.
  • Since polish hides the nails from the sun and can foster fungus, you may wish to limit the use of polish to special occasions.  However, keeping your feet clean, nails trimmed and skin moisturized for summer sandal wearing is recommended.