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:
- Detroit Medical Center (DMC) - Hutzel, Harper University Hospital, Sinai Grace, Berry Surgery Center
- Beaumont Health - Royal Oak, Troy, Farmington Hills (Botsford)
- Ascension Macomb-Oakland Hospital, Ascension St John Hospital
- Oakland Regional Hospital
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A sore heel will usually get better on its own without surgery if given enough rest. However, many people ignore the early signs of heel pain and keep on doing the activities that caused it. When a person continues to walk on a sore heel, it will only get worse and could become a chronic condition leading to more problems.
Heel Spurs: A bony growth on the underside of the heel bone. Heel spurs result from strain on the muscles and ligaments of the foot, by stretching of the long band of tissue that connects the heel and the ball of the foot, and by repeated tearing away of the lining or membrane that covers the heel bone. These conditions may result from biomechanical imbalance, running or jogging, improperly fitted or excessively worn shoes, or obesity.
- Plantar Fasciitis: Both heel pain and heel spurs are frequently associated with plantar fasciitis, an inflammation of the band of fibrous connective tissue running along the bottom of the foot, from the heel to the ball of the foot. It is common among athletes who run and jump a lot, and it can be quite painful. It is also may be caused from moving away from flat-heeled footwear to a higher heel and vice versa.
- Excessive Pronation: Pronation is the normal flexible motion and flattening of the arch of the foot that allows it to adapt to ground surfaces and absorb shock in the normal walking pattern. Excessive pronation can create an abnormal amount of stretching and pulling on the ligaments and tendons attaching to the bottom back of the heel bone.
Achilles Tendinitis: Pain at the back of the heel is associated with Achilles tendinitis, which is inflammation of the Achilles tendon as it runs behind the ankle and inserts on the back surface of the heel bone. It is common among people who run and walk a lot and have tight tendons. The condition occurs when the tendon is strained over time, causing the fibers to tear or stretch along its length, or at its insertion on to the heel bone.
An inflamed bursa (bursitis), a small, irritated sac of fluid.
Other soft-tissue growth. Such heel pain may be associated with a heel spur or may mimic the pain of a heel spur.
- Haglund's deformity, a bone enlargement at the back of the heel bone in the area where the Achilles tendon attaches to the bone.
A bone bruise or contusion, which is an inflammation of the tissues that cover the heel bone.
Wear shoes that fit well—front, back, and sides—and have shock-absorbent soles, rigid shanks, and supportive heel counters
- Wear the proper shoes for each activity
- Do not wear shoes with excessive wear on heels or soles
- Prepare properly before exercising. Warm up and do stretching exercises before and after running.
- If obese, lose weight