Welcome to Our Practice

Foot & 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

Pediatric Foot Health - Read our February Newsletters for important information on children's foot health.


AVOID FROSTBITE

Frostbite is a serious tissue destroying disorder.  It is also something that can be avoided.  The podiatrists at NorthPointe Foot & Ankle have some advice to share during these winter months.

When you're out in the cold, your body works hard to stay warm by altering blood flow toward your heart and lungs. This leaves your extremities – arms, legs and feet – vulnerable to cold injury, especially toes and fingers.

Depending on the severity of the exposure, frostbite can affect the skin or underlying tissue.  In most cases the area becomes numb and feels frozen.  Skin will appear waxy, white or grayish.  Any exposure should be evaluated and treated by a physician.

Avoiding frostbite is easier than treating it. If you must go out in bitter cold, be prepared.

  • Dress in light, loose, layered clothing for ventilation and insulation. Water-repellent fabric is a good overlay.
  • Make sure that your head, hands and feet are properly covered.  Mittens are warmer than gloves, and two pair of socks (wool over lightweight cotton) will help keep your feet warm.
  • Avoid alcohol, caffeine and nicotine prior to, and while, you are outside.  These things leave the skin more prone to thermal injury.
  • If you get wet, remove wet clothing as quickly as possible and get to a warm location.
  • Check yourself every half-hour or so for signs of frostbite. If your toes, fingers, ears or other body parts feel numb, get inside.

 If you believe you have frostbite, there are some things you can do right away.  However, medical assistance should still be sought as soon as possible.

  • Again, remove wet clothing as quickly as possible and get to a warm location.  Do not expose the area to cold again.
  • Avoid rubbing the area and warming by dry heat such as a fire, radiator or heating pad.  The affected area is numb and is vulnerable to burns.
  • Soak the affected area in WARM water for about 30 to 45 minutes.  This may cause pain, swelling and the skin’s color may change.  Keep in the water until the area feels warm and felling returns.
  • Warm up the rest of the body by drinking a warm drink or broth.
  • If blisters appear – DO NOT OPEN THEM.  Cover with a clean cloth and seek medical attention.
  •  Do not walk on frostbitten feet.  Keeping the foot elevated will also help.

 


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.


Boot Buying Advice

Winter is here. It is time to checkyour boots for proper fit and examine their condition.  Chances are, it is time for a new pair.  When shopping for any footwear, keep in mind protection, support, and comfort, in addition to the style. 

The podiatrists of NorthPointe Foot & Ankle have this boot selection advice to share:

1.  Be sure boots are insulated and waterproof. Even if the boot maker says the boots are waterproof, still treat the pair with a waterproofing product. The body has to work harder to compensate for moisture, so try to minimize as much foot moisture as possible.

2.  Select natural material, like leather, that allows proper airflow and keep feet dry.

3.  Although rubber boots will keep you dry, rubber does not breathe.  Make sure that any rubber boots purchased are fully lined to help absorb foot moisture.

4.  Boots with rigid shaped soles limit natural foot movement and provide little, if any, arch support.  Cushioned insoles and arch supports could be added.

5.  The best traction is received from boots with a rubber sole and deep grooves.

6.  Styles with narrow toes and high heels often cause pain and numbness.  Select a lower heel or stacked style for additional support.  Choose a style with plenty of toe room, a firm heel counter and traction to ensure stability.

7.  To provide warmth, ski sock liners are a way to keep feet warmer without adding bulk.  Liners are worn under regular socks.

8.  Above all – listen to your feet.  If a boot is not comfortable, the footwear selected is not the best.

Shopping tips:

1.  Try boots on later in the day as feet tend to swell throughout the day.

2.  Try the style on with the thickness of socks you expect to be wearing with the boot.

3.  Most individuals have two different size feet.  Buy for the larger sized foot.

4.  Boots should feel comfortable as you try them on.  No “breaking in” period should be    necessary.