You Are Unique– That’s Why You Deserve A Multidisciplinary Approach to Care

You deserve the absolute best when it comes to your healthcare. Fortunately, with today’s medicine you have a team of specialists at your fingertips to ensure you are getting the best possible care for your unique situation. Dr. Alyssa Carroll explains the benefit of using a multidisciplinary approach to your care in this article.

Dr. Hatcher Announces His Retirement

It is with a mixture of sadness and heartfelt gratitude, Raleigh Foot & Ankle Center announces the retirement of our founder, Dr. Robert M. Hatcher, DPM. In 1977 Dr. Hatcher established a single-practitioner office, and he steadily built Raleigh Foot & Ankle Center into the thriving practice it is today through hard work, perseverance and prayer. Also, many thanks to Linda Hatcher for her selfless contributions all these years… she wore many hats and expertly managed the magic taking place behind-the-scenes. Thank you, Dr. Hatcher, for creating a great place for foot and ankle care… and an even greater place to work. Congratulations and enjoy every minute of your well-deserved retirement!

Here is a letter from Dr. Hatcher to our wonderful patients:

 

 

If you are suffering from foot or ankle pain, we’ll help you get back on your feet quickly. Call Raleigh Foot & Ankle Center today to schedule your appointment with a foot doctor at (919) 850-9111. We serve patients from Raleigh, Cary and Wake Forest, NC as well as Wake County, Johnston County and surrounding areas in and around the Raleigh-Durham Area and the rest of North Carolina. Hablamos Español.

Injury Prevention Made Easy

Did you know you should ALWAYS wear shoes… even at home? Check out Dr. Jordan Meyers’ easy and practical tips for “Injury Prevention Made Easy.” He provides some great tips for the home, office and gym to keep you from needing emergency podiatric care. Read it here.

Introducing Dr. Alyssa L. Carroll, DPM, AACFAS

Raleigh Foot & Ankle Center welcomes its newest podiatrist, Dr. Alyssa L. Carroll, DPM. Dr. Carroll arrives from Charlotte where she worked as a podiatric surgeon.

A proud member of the Wolfpack, Dr. Carroll earned her BS in Human Biology at North Carolina State University. She felt a calling to podiatry when she was a competitive swimmer and suffered from sprained ankles and sore feet. Dr. Carroll received her Doctor of Podiatric Medicine degree at Temple University and completed her surgical residency at Christiana Care Health System in Wilmington, Delaware. She is an Associate of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons.

Dr. Carroll joins the established team of Raleigh Foot & Ankle Center Doctors Robert Hatcher, Kirk Woelffer, Alan Boehm and Jordan Meyers.

“Dr. Carroll came highly recommended by other doctors,” said Dr. Jordan Meyers, “So we’re excited she is going to help our patients. She’s a great fit.”

Dr. Alan Boehm added, “Dr. Carroll has excellent training and a caring demeanor that will further enhance our mission to provide the best foot and ankle care in the Triangle.”

“Dr. Carroll will be a great addition to our staff because she has the latest training in many innovative areas,” said Dr. Kirk Woelffer. “She also has a fantastic personality to help patients, feel their concerns, be compassionate and guide them to recovery. She is excited to be back in the Raleigh area and to help the people of the Triangle.”

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Carroll, call Raleigh Foot & Ankle Center at (919) 850-9111. She will begin seeing patients on March 1, 2018.

Raleigh Foot & Ankle Center (a division of Foot & Ankle Specialists of the Mid-Atlantic, LLC) has professional, board-certified doctors and surgeons to competently and compassionately care for all your foot and ankle needs in two Triangle locations. We serve patients from Raleigh, Cary and Wake Forest, NC as well as Wake County, Johnston County and surrounding areas in the Raleigh-Durham area. For more information call (919) 850-9111.

Sports Medicine: Stay in the Game

Sports Medicine can help everyone from gym class heroes to Superbowl stars. Check out Dr. Kirk Woelffer’s tips on how to keep athletes of all ages in the game. He shares great, non-invasive podiatry treatments including custom orthotics and Shockwave which can help you get back on your feet quickly. To read the article, click here.

Winter Weather Tips

Winter weather is here in the Triangle… according to the Raleigh Foot & Ankle Center here are five things you need to do to protect your feet and ankles.

1) Wear stable footwear to avoid twisting your ankle or rolling your foot. “When there’s ice, slush and snow, put away your high heels and wear flat footwear,” said podiatrist Dr. Alan Boehm. “And when it comes to stability, lace-up shoes are better than slip-ons.”

2) Don’t try to get multiple seasons out of your kids’ boots by buying them too big so they can ‘grow into them’—footwear must be the right fit today. Kids love playing outside during winter weather, so make sure their feet are safe by putting them in stable boots that are the right size. If the boots are too big, kids’ feet slide, rub and get blisters. Additionally, if their feet are not stable inside the boots, kids can twist their feet or ankles which can lead to injury.

3) Runners can continue to train outdoors when it’s cold with extra precautions. Triathlete and podiatrist Dr. Alan Boehm said, “If it’s icy be careful so you don’t slip and injure your ankle. If you do decide to run outdoors just make sure you have the right gear… get a pair of grippers for your running shoes like Yaktrax which are designed for exercising in the ice and snow.”

4) “Don’t forget the big picture,” said podiatrist Dr. Kirk Woelffer. “Wearing footwear with traction is good, staying low to the ground is good, but don’t forget the big things such as holding onto the door when exiting vehicles (don’t assume you can jump out). And minimize the number of times you need to walk outside on sidewalks and parking lots. The goal during winter days in the Triangle is to be extra careful on that one day. The slush and ice will be gone in a day or two. Just don’t make a big mistake on the one or two days we have the bad weather that can sideline you for months.”

5) Finally, look out for your older family members and neighbors. “They are the ones who are going to try to get their mail and newspaper on that one day we get snow and ice in the Triangle,” said Dr. Woelffer. “You don’t need an ambulance picking up Mr. Johnson when you could have taken his paper from the driveway and run it up to his porch. Grab the mail and walk it up to his front door. Let’s keep our elderly safe from slips and falls.”

The Raleigh Foot & Ankle Center has professional, board-certified physicians and surgeons on staff to competently and compassionately care for all your foot and ankle needs in two Triangle locations. To request an appointment, click here.

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Important Insurance Update!

 

Effective January 1, 2018 the Raleigh Foot & Ankle Center will become a division of the Foot & Ankle Specialists of the Mid-Atlantic. As a result, we will no longer be a division of InStride Foot & Ankle Specialists.
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR YOU?

The Raleigh Foot & Ankle Center will continue to provide advanced care through a dedicated, well-trained healthcare team in a friendly, professional setting.

Your continuity of care will stay the same.

Drs. Robert Hatcher, Kirk Woelffer, Alan Boehm and Jordan Meyers, and our long-term staff members, will continue to provide you with dedicated care and professionalism.

You may have received a letter from your insurance company indicating the Raleigh Foot & Ankle Center is no longer accepting their insurance. That is not accurate. Insurance companies are legally required to send you a notification because we have concluded our relationship with InStride. However, your previously accepted insurance plan will be accepted with our transition to the Foot & Ankle Specialists of the Mid-Atlantic.

WHAT DO YOU NEED TO DO?

Nothing. But please call us if you have any questions at 919-850-9111. It is the Raleigh Foot & Ankle Center’s vision to serve the community by providing compassionate and progressive foot and ankle care for all ages, and we feel teaming-up with the Foot & Ankle Specialists of the Mid-Atlantic furthers our vision.

Thank you for trusting us with your healthcare, and we wish you a joyful holiday season!

Attention Runners!

The summer is a popular time of year for runners to start increasing their mileage in preparation for fall races with warmer temperatures and longer days. But there are a few things to keep in mind while increasing the mileage. One of the most important, listen to your body! If you’re noticing a new ache or pain realize that this might not be normal and seek help sooner than later. Better to get a professional opinion or treatment plan in place early to prevent a worsening condition before the fall reason season ramps up and you get sidelined.

A couple of pointers I would like to pass on as a fellow runner and Foot Doctor. Keep an eye on your gear, most importantly your foot gear. When the bottoms of your shoes start to show wear, it can change the mechanics of how your foot strikes the ground and possibly lead to injury. Most running shoes will last 300-500 miles. Depending on your weekly mileage, shoes might need to be replaced every 6 months. Stretch! Many injuries we see result from overuse as well as tightness, especially the calf which is well developed in runners. Get some good sleep. When we sleep our bodies can focus on healing and repair after tough workouts. Be cautious of over training. Build into your weekly training recovery days that will again, allow ample time for your body to recover from increased mileage.

If unfortunately you have an injury that is holding you back, please remember we are here to help! At Raleigh Foot & Ankle Center we strive each day to keep our patients active so that they can meet or exceed their goals. We have two convenient locations and offer some of the most cutting edge treatments in the Triangle for all foot and ankle conditions. We are here if you need us, but if not, happy running!!

Doggone it! You can do this!

Our 12 year old dog, Jake, is very patient. He can lay near the door to the basement (where his food is!) for hours. His plan is to do this daily for decades!! He is very committed. He believes in the mission.

 So should all of us. We should all stay committed, and believe in the mission. What is the mission?? The mission is to be our healthiest; to get the most out of our bodies. Yes, this takes patience. We can exercise just a little more, just a little more often. We can do it!!

 Let’s be patient, one day at a time just like Jake the dog. We are all in this together; dogs, cats, people. Let’s be patient and committed, and be the best we can be; doggone it!!

I love my feet!

November is American Diabetes Awareness month, so I’m writing to state what is rarely heard: “I love my feet!” In my practice, I more commonly hear, “I don’t like my feet.” So sad. Feet, of all shapes and sizes, should be celebrated. Feet keep us moving, right? So, as part of American Diabetes Awareness Month I ask you to join me in proclaiming, “I love my feet!” Happy walking. 🙂