Welcome to Our Practice

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:

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Summer Foot Protection
During the warmer weather our feet tend to be frequently exposed to the elements as we wear sandals, flip flops and are often barefoot. Many foot injuries or problems occur due to non-supportive footwear and barefoot walking. In addition, pool areas and public showers are home to infections such as planter warts and athlete’s foot, while the sun’s powerful rays can cause painful sun burns.
 
The podiatrists of the NorthPointe Foot & Ankle have some advice to share that can help prevent harmful conditions to the feet.
 
Going Barefoot
  • Limit walking barefoot as it exposes feet to sunburn, as well as plantar warts, athlete's foot, ringworm, and other infections and also increases risk of injury to your feet.
  • Wear shoes or flip-flops around the pool, to the beach, in the locker room and even on the carpeting or in the bathroom of your hotel room to prevent injuries and limit the likelihood of contracting any bacterial infections.
  • Remember to apply sunscreen all over your feet, especially the tops and fronts of ankles, and don't forget to reapply after you've been in the water.
  • Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water throughout the day. This will not only help with overall health, but will also minimize any foot swelling caused by the heat.
  • Some activities at the beach, lake or river may require different types of footwear to be worn so be sure to ask the contact at each activity if specific shoes are needed. To be safe, always pack an extra pair of sneakers or protective water shoes. If your shoes will be getting wet, they should be dried out completely before your next wearing to prevent bacteria or fungus from growing.
Flip Flops
Flip flops are not good for extensive walking.  They do not offer any arch support, heel cushioning, or shock absorption.  Wearers may suffer foot pain due to lack of arch support, tendinitis, and even sprained ankles if they trip.  Wearers are also at greater risk of stubbed toes, glass cuts, puncture wounds, or having a heavy object injure their foot.
  • Do not wear flip flops when playing sports or running.
  • Do not wear flip flops while gardening or doing yard work.
  • Don’t forget to apply sunscreen on all areas of your foot while wearing open shoes.
Be Prepared
In case of minor foot problems, be prepared with the following on-the-go foot gear:
  • Flip flops – for the pool, spa, hotel room, and airport security check points.
  • Sterile bandages – for covering minor cuts and scrapes.
  • Antibiotic cream – to treat any skin injury.
  • Emollient-enriched cream – to hydrate feet.
  • Blister pads or moleskin – to protect against blisters.
  • Motrin or Advil (anti-inflammatory) – to ease tired, swollen feet.
  • Sunscreen – to protect against the scorching sun.
  • Aloe Vera or Silvadene cream – to relieve sunburns.

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.