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:
Keep Your Feet Protected this Summer
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 and problems occur due to non-supportive footwear and barefoot walking. 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.
Podiatrists of tNorthPointe Foot & Ankle have some advice to share that can help prevent harmful conditions to feet.
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.
If you have poor circulation, 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, get immediate professional medical attention. When the foot or ankle is broken or sprained, seek specialty treatment from a podiatrist or foot specialist.
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.
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.
Welcome Dr. Aimee Popofski
NorthPointe Foot & Ankle is pleased to introduce the newest member of their podiatric team ,Dr. Aimee Popofski.
“Dr. Aimee Popofski is a welcome addition to our team,” said Dr. Lee Hoffman, NorthPointe Foot & Ankle partner. “She is an experienced and considerate podiatrist that takes great care of her patients. We are very confident that the residents in the communities we serve will find her care comprehensive and compassionate.”
Dr. Popofski earned her doctorate of podiatric medicine from California College of Podiatric Medicine and is board certified in foot surgery. She comes to NorthPointe Foot & Ankle with more than 14 years of podiatric experience having worked at a busy practice in Commerce. Although she treats foot and ankle concerns of all kinds, her focus is on the treatment of foot injuries and surgical repairs of foot issues.
“This is an exciting new career opportunity for me. I am looking forward to getting to know the patients of NorthPointe and helping them find solutions to their foot concerns, “ said Dr. Popofski. “I anticipate enjoying a long and positive experience with all associated with the practice.”
Dr. Popofski currently sees patients at NorthPointe Foot & Ankle on Wednesdays. The office is accepting new patients. In addition to NorthPointe, she practices at other offices within the Foot & Ankle Specialists of Southeast Michigan organization including Sterling Heights, Warren, and Livonia.
Dr. Michael Schey Retires
To My Valued Patients,
After months of thought and consideration, I have made the decision to retire from active practice effective June 30, 2018. Being able to spend more quality time with my spouse, children and grandchildren is of prime importance to me. Finding more time to pursue my woodworking hobby will also be a plus! I am looking forward to this chapter of my life and the adventures that await.
Foremost in my thoughts, however, is leaving you. I am honored that you chose me to care for your foot and ankle needs throughout the years. I truly value the friendships and associations that we have come to know. Of paramount importance to me is the certainty that I will be leaving your future care in capable hands.
My partners and associates have all demonstrated the ability to continue your care in a fashion that makes me confident that all of your podiatric needs will be met. To that end, I have taken care to leave carefully drafted progress notes in your chart and have verbally discussed my intentions with each individual doctor.
The transition of your care should be seamless. Drs. Charles Kissel and Lee Hoffman, as well as our associates Dr. Brian Kissel and Dr. Aimee Popofski, are knowledgeable, competent and compassionate physicians. I am certain that they will provide you with excellent care for any of your foot and ankle needs. Should they have any questions or concerns, I am only a phone call away.
I cannot begin to express how much I will miss our visits. It has been my pleasure and privilege to provide for your foot care needs. If there is anything that the office staff or I can do to help you during this transition phase, please let us know,
Michael S. Schey, D.P.M.