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:

Surgical Foot Correction - Visit our Educational Video Section


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. Podiatrists of NorthPointe Foot & Ankle have some advice to share that can help prevent harmful conditions to 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.
  • Keep blood flowing with periodic ankle flexes, toe wiggles, and calf stretches.
  • 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.
  • If you injure your foot or ankle while on vacation or during an outing, seek professional medical attention from a podiatric physician. Many often only contact a family doctor when something is broken or sprained, but a podiatrist can begin treating your foot or ankle ailment immediately.

Flip Flops

Flip flops just 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.
  • Wear sturdy, supportive shoes while walking for long periods of time.
  • 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.

 


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.


Pedicure Advice

With the warmer temperatures outside, open toed shoes are making their way out of the closet and slipped on underneath beautifully manicured feet. The pedicure season is in full swing!

Unfortunately, not all pedicure facilities offer clean and proper foot care and infections and other foot ailments may arise.  The podiatrists of NorthPointe Foot & Ankle want to share the following advice for individuals deciding on a location to receive a pedicure:

  • Make sure that the instruments used are clean and sterilized.  Ask the technician which cleaning procedure they use, as well as the frequency of cleaning.
    • Soaking in alcohol is NOT an approved sterilization method.
    • Sterilization – rather than disinfecting – is the best method.  This can be done by using a cleaning agent such as hospital bactericide, fungicide or viricide.  Instruments can be sterilized in an autoclave or ultrasonic machine.
    • Make sure the instruments are sterilized after each use.
    • You may consider bringing your own tools – nail nipper, cuticle nipper, cuticle  pusher and curette cleaner
  • Make sure foot tubs or basins are drained after performing a pedicure to get rid of all the bacteria present.  Once all the water is removed, the inside of the tub should be wiped down with an antibacterial cleaner.
  • Make sure the technician's hands are clean. The nail technician should wash their hands in between clients. If they do not wash their hands, request that they do, or that they wear gloves.
  • If you are diabetic, pedicures are not advised.  Visit your podiatrist before receiving a pedicure to identify any potential risks.
  • Do not allow aggressive cleaning.  Nails should be cut straight with slightly rounded edges.  If bleeding of calluses occurs, see your podiatrist.
  • Discolored or sickly nails should be treated by your podiatrist.
  • Since polish hides the nails from the sun and can foster fungus, you may wish to limit the use of polish to special occasions.  However, keeping your feet clean, nails trimmed and skin moisturized for summer sandal wearing is recommended.