Monthly Archives: August 2014

I Saw a Patient Today…

Elderly Patient

I saw a patient today and she was exhausted. Not for the usual reasons mind you, but because of a commitment she made 55 years ago. Her husband of those years has ALS and she does pretty much everything for him. It’s been going on for a long time and though she is pretty much worn out, she troops on. Her heel pain hasn’t made it easier so I’m trying to do my little part to help both of them by helping her feet get better.

It’s wonderful to see someone who stands by their word for that long.

I’ll bet she’ll never know how encouraging her actions are to those around her and to me. I want to be a person of my word, even though it might cost me a lot. I hope you do too.


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I Saw a Patient Today… is a monthly feature by Dr. Robert Hatcher. Check back the last week of each month to hear his insights and stories of what he learns from patients at the office. Let us know what you think!

Bare Feet are Fun! (Right?)

Bare Foot Woes

Ah, the feeling of sand squishing between my toes as I stroll on the beach; so natural, so free. Many of us love the feeling of being barefoot. My 3 little kids live for it. It takes them hours to put on their shoes, but only seconds to take them off! The adults I meet at work as a podiatrist often feel the same way, saying, “It just feels good.” Yep. I agree. There is something special about the way being barefoot feels. Maybe it is Mother Nature telling us, “This is the way it should be.”

But, I also have lots of times when I notice my kids, my patients, and myself extolling the virtues of shoes. “These gel-air-pump-turbo running shoes I just bought feel amazing,” patients tell me. Or, I might find myself in the closet on the morning of my surgery day thinking, “Good day for my old man dress shoes today.”

So, what is better, living in supportive shoes, or living in bare feet whenever possible? The answer is different, and depends on each person’s “Achilles heel”, or problem. Generally speaking, if you have foot pain, it is best to increase your time in supportive shoes, even custom orthotics, and minimize your time barefoot or in flimsy footwear. You don’t want your feet doing the work of holding you up. Let the footwear do the work. If your feet don’t hurt, but other joints do, such as your knees, try using less supportive footwear. This will allow maximum motion in your foot and ankle joints, letting your feet perform as they were intended, as your natural shock absorbers. (This is a good situation for “barefoot running shoes”.)

Now, let’s get back to my favorite subject, my kids. Like most young people, they have pain-free happy feet. They don’t crave the benefits of support because nothing hurts—until chocolate lab Jake steps on their foot! Ouch! Yep. Being barefoot has its problems. A person is much more prone to cuts, scrapes, puncture wounds, bug bites, and nail injuries when he or she is barefoot. Trust me, I know. I have the pleasure of hearing blood-curdling screams daily from the shoe-resistant children in my house. Not to mention, I get to observe the problems with barefoot summertime fun every day at work. Bare feet can feel good, but sometimes there’s a price to pay.

Anyway, this post is not inclusive of all the good and bad associated with bare feet. (I could go on for days!) It is just a simple reminder that our feet are important and need our attention—especially if you hope to feel the sand squishing between your toes for years to come. Happy walking!

Introducing Dr. Jordan Meyers!

This month Raleigh Foot & Ankle Center has been excited to welcome Dr. Jordan Meyers to our office! We sat down and asked Dr. Meyers a few questions to help you get to know him a little better:

Dr. Jordan Meyers

Q: What is your background?

A: I moved to North Carolina when I was 11, so I really feel that I did most of my growing up here and have the strongest connection to North Carolina. I attended Cardinal Gibbons for high school and then East Carolina University (Go Pirates!). From there I headed North to Philadelphia to attend the Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine. I received my surgical training at the University of Louisville Hospital in Kentucky, all to eventually return back to North Carolina.

Q: Do you have a specialty or preference in what type of foot conditions or ailments you treat?

A: It is difficult for me to say that I enjoy treating one foot condition or ailment over another. In my opinion, the best part of my job is getting to meet new people, learn about their lives and their families, then find out how I can help alleviate their pain or condition so they can return back to what they enjoy doing. I feel very fortunate to have trained at such a diverse program that allows me to comfortably and quickly treat all conditions. Being an avid hockey player, I am also working to specialize in treating hockey injuries as I understand the unique nature of trauma and biomechanical stresses the foot and ankle undergo from hockey skates. My goal is to keep players of all ages on the ice!

Q: What are you most excited about in starting to see patients at Raleigh Foot & Ankle Center?

A: What I am most excited about is being able to bring my unique skill set to provide care for the great people of North Carolina. My wife, an operating room nurse, is also directly involved in providing care for patients. We are both excited to return back to North Carolina and provide exceptional care for people in a place that has provided us such a wonderful area to grow up in.

Q: What do you like to do for fun?

A: I enjoy spending time with my wife and young daughter! I also enjoy playing ice hockey, playing golf, working out, and volunteering my time and services to give back to the community.

Dr. Meyers is excited to be treating your feet! Stop by and help us welcome Dr. Meyers back to North Carolina!