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, Popofski, 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:
Berkley Parks & Rec WinterFest, February 2, 12-3pm
NorthPointe Foot & Ankle is once again pleased to support the Berkley Parks & Rec WinterFest celebration. Bring your family out to enjoy this free community festival with plenty of activities for the entire family. Indoor and outdoor fun. For more information, call Berkley Parks & Rec at 248.658.3470.
Should You Be Tested for P.A.D.?
February is Heart and Stroke Awareness Month. Heart disease and strokes are two of the most deadly diseases in the United States. We know that early discovery of problems in your feet may help detect the onset of other life-threatening diseases including diabetes and heart disease
If there is a concern that you may be at risk of heart disease, you should be tested for Peripheral Arterial Disease (P.A.D.), a serious circulatory problem in which the blood vessels that carry blood to your arms, legs, brain or kidneys, become narrowed or clogged. It may result in leg discomfort while walking, poor healing of leg sores/ulcers, difficult to control blood pressure, or symptoms of stroke.
People with P.A.D. are at significantly increased risk for stroke and heart attack. Take a few minutes to answer the questions below. Your answers will determine if you are at risk for P.A.D. and if a vascular exam will help better assess your vascular status. If you answer “yes” to any of these questions, we urge you to make an appointment with your NorthPointe Foot & Ankle doctor today. Testing for P.A.D. is simple, painless and takes only 15—20 minutes. It just might save your life.
1. Do you have foot, calf, buttock, hip or thigh discomfort (aching, fatigue, tingling, cramping or pain) when you walk which is relieved by rest?
2. Do you experience any pain at rest in your lower leg(s) or feet?
3. Do you experience foot or toe pain that often disturbs your sleep?
4. Are your toes or feet pale, discolored, or bluish?
5. Do you have skin wounds or ulcers on your feet or toes that are slow to heal (8—12 weeks)?
6. Has your doctor ever told you that you have diminished or absent pedal (foot) pulses?
7. Have you suffered a severe injury to the leg(s) or feet?
8. Do you have an infection of the leg(s) or feet that may be gangrenous (black skin tissue)?
Welcome Dr. Aimee Popofski
NorthPointe Foot & Ankle is pleased to introduce the newest member of their podiatric team ,Dr. Aimee Popofski.
“Dr. Aimee Popofski is a welcome addition to our team,” said Dr. Lee Hoffman, NorthPointe Foot & Ankle partner. “She is an experienced and considerate podiatrist that takes great care of her patients. We are very confident that the residents in the communities we serve will find her care comprehensive and compassionate.”
Dr. Popofski earned her doctorate of podiatric medicine from California College of Podiatric Medicine and is board certified in foot surgery. She comes to NorthPointe Foot & Ankle with more than 14 years of podiatric experience having worked at a busy practice in Commerce. Although she treats foot and ankle concerns of all kinds, her focus is on the treatment of foot injuries and surgical repairs of foot issues.
“This is an exciting new career opportunity for me. I am looking forward to getting to know the patients of NorthPointe and helping them find solutions to their foot concerns, “ said Dr. Popofski. “I anticipate enjoying a long and positive experience with all associated with the practice.”
Dr. Popofski currently sees patients at NorthPointe Foot & Ankle on Wednesdays. The office is accepting new patients. In addition to NorthPointe, she practices at other offices within the Foot & Ankle Specialists of Southeast Michigan organization including Sterling Heights, Warren, and Livonia.
Dr. Michael Schey Retires
To My Valued Patients,
After months of thought and consideration, I have made the decision to retire from active practice effective June 30, 2018. Being able to spend more quality time with my spouse, children and grandchildren is of prime importance to me. Finding more time to pursue my woodworking hobby will also be a plus! I am looking forward to this chapter of my life and the adventures that await.
Foremost in my thoughts, however, is leaving you. I am honored that you chose me to care for your foot and ankle needs throughout the years. I truly value the friendships and associations that we have come to know. Of paramount importance to me is the certainty that I will be leaving your future care in capable hands.
My partners and associates have all demonstrated the ability to continue your care in a fashion that makes me confident that all of your podiatric needs will be met. To that end, I have taken care to leave carefully drafted progress notes in your chart and have verbally discussed my intentions with each individual doctor.
The transition of your care should be seamless. Drs. Charles Kissel and Lee Hoffman, as well as our associates Dr. Brian Kissel and Dr. Aimee Popofski, are knowledgeable, competent and compassionate physicians. I am certain that they will provide you with excellent care for any of your foot and ankle needs. Should they have any questions or concerns, I am only a phone call away.
I cannot begin to express how much I will miss our visits. It has been my pleasure and privilege to provide for your foot care needs. If there is anything that the office staff or I can do to help you during this transition phase, please let us know,
Michael S. Schey, D.P.M.
Keep Feet Warm and Cozy All Winter Long
When dealing with the deep snow and sub-zero temperatures of the winter months, it's important to take care of your feet all winter long. You'll want them to be healthy and ready for action when spring finally arrives.
NorthPointe Foot & Ankle, along with the American Podiatric Medical Association (AMPA), offer some advice for keeping feet healthy in common winter scenarios:
- Winter is skiing and snowboarding season. Never ski or snowboard in footwear other than ski boots specifically designed for that purpose. Make sure your boots fit properly; you should be able to wiggle your toes, but the boots should immobilize the heel, instep, and ball of your foot. You can use orthotics (support devices that go inside shoes) to help control the foot's movement inside ski boots or ice skates.
- Committed runners don't need to let the cold stop them. A variety of warm, light-weight, moisture-wicking active wear available at most running or sporting goods stores helps ensure runners stay warm and dry in bitter temperatures. However, some runners may compensate for icy conditions by altering how their foot strikes the ground. Instead of changing your foot strike pattern, shorten your stride to help maintain stability. And remember, it's more important than ever to stretch before you begin your run. Cold weather can make you less flexible in winter than you are in summer, so it's important to warm muscles up before running.
- Boots are must-have footwear in winter climates, especially when dealing with winter precipitation. Between the waterproof material of the boots themselves and the warm socks you wear to keep toes warm, you may find your feet sweat a lot. Damp, sweaty feet can chill more easily and are more prone to bacterial infections. To keep feet clean and dry, consider using foot powder inside socks and incorporating extra foot baths into your foot care regimen this winter.
- Be size smart. It may be tempting to buy pricey specialty footwear (like winter boots or ski boots) for kids in a slightly larger size, thinking they'll be able to get two seasons of wear out of them. But unlike coats that kids can grow into, footwear needs to fit properly right away. Properly fitted skates and boots can help prevent blisters, chafing, and ankle or foot injuries. Likewise, if socks are too small, they can force toes to bunch together, and that friction can cause painful blisters or corns.
- Finally, don't try to tip-toe through winter snow, ice, and temperatures in summer- appropriate footwear like sneakers, sandals, or flip-flops. Exposing feet to extreme temperatures means risking frostbite and injury. Choose winter footwear that will keep your feet warm, dry, and well-supported.