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


Children's Shoe Shopping Advice

During the back-to-school time frame and throughout the year, one of the most important purchases on any parent’s shopping list should be a pair of proper fitting shoes for their child. The podiatrists of NorthPointe Foot & Ankle would like to share several important factors that parents should consider while shopping:

  • Children’s Feet Change with Age. Shoe and sock sizes may change every few months as a child’s feet grow.
  • Shoes That Don’t Fit Properly Can Aggravate the Feet.  Always measure the child's feet before buying shoes, and watch for signs of irritation.
  • Never Hand Down Footwear.  Just because a shoe size fits one child comfortably doesn’t mean it will fit another the same way. Also, sharing shoes can spread fungi like athlete's foot and nail fungus.
  • Examine the Heels.  Children may wear through the heels of their shoes quicker than outgrowing shoes themselves. Uneven heel wear can indicate a foot problem that should be checked by a podiatrist.
  • Take Your Child Shoe Shopping.  Every shoe fits differently. Letting a child have a say in the shoe buying process promotes healthy foot habits down the road.
  • Always Buy for the Larger Foot.  Feet are seldom precisely the same size.
  • Buy Shoes That Do Not Need a “Break-In” Period.  Shoes should be comfortable immediately. Also make sure to have your child try on shoes with socks or tights, if that’s how they'll be worn.
  • Consider Closed Toe Shoes. Covering the child’s toes allows for more protection.

 Do Your Child's Shoes "Make The Grade?"

  • Look For a Stiff Heel. Press on both sides of the heel counter. It shouldn’t collapse.
  • Check Toe Flexibility. The shoe should bend with your child’s toes. It shouldn't be too stiff or bend too much in the toe box area.
  • Select a Shoe With a Rigid Middle. Does your shoe twist? Your shoe should never twist in the middle
  • Are the shoes secure on the foot? Laces or Velcro are best to hold the foot in place.

Additional Advice for Parents

  • Foot problems noticed at birth will not disappear by themselves. Do not wait until children get older to fix a problem! Foot problems in youth can lead to greater problems down the road.
  • Get your child checked by a podiatrist.  A lack of complaint by a youngster is not a reliable sign that there is no problem. The bones of growing feet are so flexible that they can be twisted and distorted without the child being aware of it.
  • Walking is the best of all foot exercises. Observe your child’s walking patterns. Does your child have gait abnormalities? Correct the problem before it becomes a bigger issue.
  • Going barefoot is a healthy activity for children under the right conditions.  However, walking barefoot on dirty pavement can expose children’s feet to the dangers of infection through accidental cuts and to severe contusions, sprains or fractures. Plantar warts, a virus on the sole of the foot, can also be contracted.
  • Children’s sports-related injuries are on the rise.  A child’s visit to a podiatrist can help determine any concerns there may be regarding the child participating in specific sports and help identify the activities that may be best suited for the individual child.  Protective taping of the ankles may be recommended to help prevent sprains and fractures.

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.