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.
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.
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. Below is advice that can help prevent harmful conditions to your 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.
- 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 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.