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

 

Back to School Shoe Shopping

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 doctors 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 buyingprocess 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.

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.