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, Popofski, 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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Arthritis and Your Feet

Arthritis is an inflammation and swelling of the cartilage and lining of the joints, generally accompanied by an increase in the fluid in the joints. It is a disabling and occasionally crippling disease afflicting over 50 million Americans. In some forms, it appears to be hereditary.  Although the prevalence of arthritis increases with age, all people from infancy to middle age are potential victims. People over 50 are the primary targets.  The month of May has been set aside as National Arthritis Awareness Month.  It is a time to spread the message about prevention methods and treatment of arthritis.  The Michigan Podiatric Medical Association (MPMA) has information to help understand the symptoms and treatments of arthritic feet.
 
There is usually no need to endure years of painful ambulation because of arthritic feet. Most conditions can be diagnosed and treated either conservatively or surgically by a podiatrist.
 
Because each foot has 33 joints that can be afflicted - and there is no way to avoid the tremendous weight-bearing load on the feet - feet are very susceptible to arthritis. Arthritic feet can result in loss of mobility and independence. However, early diagnosis and proper medical care can limit or slow the damage.
 
Symptoms of arthritis in the foot and ankle include:
  • Early morning stiffness.
  • Limitation in motion of joint.
  • Recurring pain or tenderness in any joint.
  • Redness or heat in a joint.
  • Skin changes, including rashes and growths.
  • Swelling in one or more joints.
Forms of Arthritis
Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis. It is frequently called degenerative joint disease or wear and tear arthritis. Aging usually brings on a breakdown in cartilage, and pain gets progressively more severe. Dull, throbbing nighttime pain is characteristic, and may be accompanied by muscle weakness or deterioration. Many of these symptoms can be relieved with rest. Overweight people are particularly susceptible to osteoarthritis. The additional weight contributes to the deterioration of cartilage and the development of bone spurs.
 
Rheumatoid arthritis is a major crippling disorder and the most serious form of arthritis. It is a  complex, chronic inflammatory group of diseases, often affecting more than a dozen smaller joints during its course. In the foot, it frequently affects both ankles and toes.
 
Posttraumatic arthritis can develop after an injury to the foot or ankle. Dislocations and fractures—particularly those that damage the joint surface—are the most common injuries that lead to posttraumatic arthritis. Like osteoarthritis, posttraumatic arthritis causes the cartilage between the joints to wear away. It can develop many years after the initial injury.
Arthritis of the foot and ankle can be treated in many ways, including:
  • Physical therapy and exercise.
  • Anti-inflammatory medication and/or steroid injections into the affected joint.
  • Orthotics or specially prescribed shoes.
  • Joint replacement.
Make your appointment today to see how a NorthPointe Foot & Ankle doctor can help.

Welcome Dr. Aimee Popofski

NorthPointe Foot & Ankle is pleased to introduce the newest member of their podiatric team ,Dr. Aimee Popofski.
 
“Dr. Aimee Popofski is a welcome addition to our team,” said Dr. Lee Hoffman, NorthPointe Foot & Ankle partner.  “She is an experienced and considerate podiatrist that takes great care of her patients.  We are very confident that the residents in the communities we serve will find her care comprehensive and compassionate.”
 
Dr. Popofski earned her doctorate of podiatric medicine from California College of Podiatric Medicine and is board certified in foot surgery.  She comes to NorthPointe Foot & Ankle with more than 14 years of podiatric experience having worked at a busy practice in Commerce.  Although she treats foot and ankle concerns of all kinds, her focus is on the treatment of foot injuries and surgical repairs of foot issues. 
 
“This is an exciting new career opportunity for me.  I am looking forward to getting to know the patients of NorthPointe and helping them find solutions to their foot concerns, “ said Dr. Popofski. “I anticipate enjoying a long and positive experience with all associated with the practice.”
 
Dr. Popofski currently sees patients at NorthPointe Foot & Ankle on Wednesdays.  The office is accepting new patients.  In addition to NorthPointe, she practices at other offices within the Foot & Ankle Specialists of Southeast Michigan organization including Sterling Heights, Warren, and Livonia.
 
 

Dr. Michael Schey Retires
To My Valued Patients,
 
After months of thought and consideration, I have made the decision to retire from active practice effective June 30, 2018.  Being able to spend more quality time with my spouse, children and grandchildren is of prime importance to me.  Finding more time to pursue my woodworking hobby will also be a plus!  I am looking forward to this chapter of my life and the adventures that await.
 
Foremost in my thoughts, however, is leaving you.  I am honored that you chose me to care for your foot and ankle needs throughout the years.  I truly value the friendships and associations that we have come to know. Of paramount importance to me is the certainty that I will be leaving your future care in capable hands.
 
My partners and associates have all demonstrated the ability to continue your care in a fashion that makes me confident that all of your podiatric needs will be met.  To that end, I have taken care to leave carefully drafted progress notes in your chart and have verbally discussed my intentions with each individual doctor.
 
The transition of your care should be seamless.  Drs. Charles Kissel and Lee Hoffman, as well as our associates Dr. Brian Kissel and Dr. Aimee Popofski, are knowledgeable, competent and compassionate physicians.  I am certain that they will provide you with excellent care for any of your foot and ankle needs.  Should they have any questions or concerns, I am only a phone call away.
 
I cannot begin to express how much I will miss our visits. It has been my pleasure and privilege to provide for your foot care needs.  If there is anything that the office staff or I can do to help you during this transition phase, please let us know,
 
Sincerely,
Michael S. Schey, D.P.M.