Foot & Ankle Care - Berkley, Southfield, Royal Oak, Oak Park, and Ferndale areas
Drs. Hoffman, Kissel, Schey, Ungar, and Weitzman provide quality, comprehensive foot and ankle care to patients in Berkley and the currounding communities. Their combined over100 years of experience in podiatry is coupled with genuine concern for patients. All of our staff is dedicated to promptly attend to your comfort and care.
NorthPointe Foot & Ankle also welcomes Dr. Brian Kissel to the physician team. Dr. B. Kissel is a very talented podiatrist that brings with him knowledge and experience of the latest podiatric practices.
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:
- Detroit Medical Center
- Botsford Hospital
- William Beaumont/Royal Oak
- St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital
- Oakland Regional Hospital
Surgical Foot Correction - Visit our Educational Video Section
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.
CARING FOR AGING FEET
On average, a person will walk 75,000 miles by the age of 50 and take up to 10,000 steps on any given day. This creates up to hundreds of tons of foot pressure every day. The Michigan Podiatric Medical Association (MPMA) shares that, as we age, proper foot care is essential to maintain good health and to continue our walking independence.
In addition to years of wear and tear on our feet, disease, poor circulation, improperly trimmed toenails, and wearing shoes that don't fit properly are hard on our feet. Problems with our feet can be the first sign of more serious medical conditions such arthritis,diabetes, and nerve and circulatory disorders. Foot pain of any kind is not normal and should be checked by a podiatrist for proper diagnosis and care.
There are several ways to reduce the risk of foot problems:
- Check feet regularly, or have a family member check them for skin cracks or peeling, color and temperature anomalies, or thick and discolored nails.
- Practice good foot care. Applying moisturizing creams and scrubbing feet with pumice helps keep the skin supple and prevent cracks. Warm Epsom salt baths soothe the feet, while certain exercises strengthen them and improve flexibility. Wash and thoroughly dry feet often.
- Avoid walking barefoot.
- Keep blood circulating as much as possible. Do this by elevating feet when sitting or lying down, stretching after sitting for long periods of time, walking, having a gentle foot massage, or taking a warm foot bath.
- Wear proper fitting shoes. Avoid pressure from shoes that don't fit right. Wearing comfortable shoes that fit well can prevent many foot ailments. The size of our feet change as we age so always measure feet before buying shoes.
- Minimize exposing feet to cold temperatures.
- Don't smoke. Smokers are more likely to develop blisters and have fractures.