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:
Autumn Foot Care
Feet can benefit from special attention as you move from lighter summer foot wear to heavier cool weather shoes. NorthPointe Foot & Ankle would like to share some tips about autumn foot care:
As cooler weather approaches, consider switching to an oil-based moisturizing lotion to make sure feet are staying properly moisturized. Dry feet can lead to cracking, pain, and infections. Moisturize feet in the evenings before bed, or in the morning after a shower.
Heavier shoes don’t always allow feet to breathe. Give feet adequate time outside of heavy, enclosed shoes to avoid unwanted odors. Avoid wearing shoes made of synthetic materials whenever possible. Natural materials, including leather and suede, allow more air circulation.
Between the toes is the spot where infections and odor are most likely to develop during the autumn and winter. Whether it’s from puddles, the elements, or unexpected spikes in temperature that cause your feet to sweat in closed-toe shoes, moisture that collects between the toes can easily lead to problems. Make sure to change shoes quickly if your feet get wet or sweaty, and don’t wear your socks for more than one day in a row.
Give your toenails a break from nail polish. In the fall, toenails aren’t constantly on display in sandals like they are in the summer. Regularly polishing the nails may cause nails to yellow, peel or dry up.
Peripheral Arterial Disease (P.A.D.)
Commonly referred to as “poor circulation,” Peripheral Arterial Disease (P.A.D.) is the restriction of blood flow in the arteries of the leg. When arteries become narrowed by plaque (the accumulation of cholesterol and other materials on the walls of the arteries), the oxygen-rich blood flowing through the arteries cannot reach the legs and feet.
The presence of P.A.D. may be an indication of more widespread arterial disease in the body that can affect the brain, causing stroke, or the heart, causing a heart attack. Most people have no symptoms during the early stages of P.A.D. Often, by the time symptoms are noticed, the arteries are already significantly blocked.
Common symptoms of P.A.D. include:
- Leg pain (cramping) that occurs while walking (intermittent claudication)
- Leg pain (cramping) that occurs while lying down (rest pain)
- Leg numbness or weakness
- Cold legs or feet
- Sores that won’t heal on toes, feet, or legs
- A change in leg color
- Loss of hair on the feet and legs
- Changes in toenails—color and thickness
If any of these symptoms are present, it is important to discuss them with your NorthPointe Foot & Ankle podiatrist. Left untreated, P.A.D. can lead to debilitating and limb-threatening consequences.