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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Winter Footwear
 
Make sure your feet are warm and dry this winter with the right footwear.  When shopping for any footwear, keep in mind protection, support, and comfort, in addition to style. 
 
The podiatrists of NorthPointe Foot & Ankle have this boot selection advice to share:
  • Be sure boots are insulated and waterproof. Even if the boot maker says the boots are waterproof, still treat the pair with a waterproofing product. The body has to work harder to compensate for moisture, so try to minimize as much foot moisture as possible.
  • Select natural material, like leather, that allows proper airflow and keep feet dry.
  •  Although rubber boots will keep you dry, rubber does not breathe.  Make sure that any rubber boots purchased are fully lined to help absorb foot moisture.
  • Boots with rigid shaped soles limit natural foot movement and provide little, if any, arch support.  Cushioned insoles and arch supports could be added.
  • The best traction is received from boots with a rubber sole and deep grooves.
  • Styles with narrow toes and high heels often cause pain and numbness.  Select a lower heel or stacked style for additional support.  Choose a style with plenty of toe room, a firm heel counter and traction to ensure stability.
  • To provide warmth, ski sock liners are a way to keep feet warmer without adding bulk.  Liners are worn under regular socks.
  • Above all – listen to your feet.  If a boot is not comfortable, the footwear selected is not the best.
Shopping tips:
  • Try boots on later in the day as feet tend to swell throughout the day.
  • Try the style on with the thickness of socks you expect to be wearing with the boot.
  • Most individuals have two different size feet.  Buy for the larger sized foot.
  • Boots should feel comfortable as you try them on.  No “breaking in” period should be necessary.

A HEALTHIER 2018
 
Treat yourself to a healthier 2018 by concentrating on three important actions:
 
1.  Make a fitness resolution that makes it easy to fit 30 minutes a day of physical activity into your busy life. You could resolve to go for a 30-minute walk after dinner every night, or to take two 15-minute walking breaks every day at work. If you do decide to join a gym, make a plan for when you’ll go and what you’ll do when you’re there.
 
2. Think about your eating habits and how you can tweak them for weight management. Are you a nighttime snacker? Resolve to have a cup of tea or take a warm bath when you get the munchies. Do you tend to eat a lot of high-fat, high-sugar, energy-dense foods? Resolve to swap out some of these foods for foods with low energy density like fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and beans.
 
3.  Feel like old friends or family have fallen by the wayside? It’s good for your health to reconnect with them. Research suggests people with strong social ties live longer than those who don’t.
 

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.