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 Care

The podiatrists of NorthPointe Foot & Ankle have some advice to share that can help prevent harmful conditions to your feet this summer:

  •  Limit walking barefoot as it exposes feet to sunburn, as well as plantar warts, athlete's foot, ringworm, and other infections and also increases the 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 prepared, 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 an outing, seek professional medical attention and contact your NorthPointe Foot & Ankle doctor immediately so your ailment can be treated as soon as possible.


Pedicure Advice

Now that the warm weather is here, sandals and other open-toed footwear are making their way out of the closet.  Having beautifully manicured feet is on the minds of many.

Unfortunately, not all pedicure facilities offer clean and proper foot care.  Infections and other foot ailments may arise. NorthPointe Foot & Ankle doctors wants to make sure you keep the following advice in mind as you select if and where you may go for 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 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.  Tubs with individual replaceable liners are best.
  • 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 NorthPointe 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 NorthPointe 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.

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.