Category Archives: Flat feet

Here We Grow Again: We’re Coming to Holly Springs!

Raleigh Foot & Ankle Center is pleased to announce the addition of its Holly Springs office in November 2018. The new state-of-the-art podiatry practice will open at 1004 Werrington Drive, Ste. 300 in Main Street Square along G.B. Alford Highway (Hwy 55). The practice will offer foot and ankle care for all ages. Services will include surgical and non-surgical treatment for skin and nail conditions, fractures, sprains, sports injuries, birth deformities, foreign bodies, diabetic foot care and disorders, pediatric conditions, nerve disorders, and wounds.

“Our vision is to serve the community by providing compassionate and progressive foot and ankle care for children, adolescents, and adults,” said Dr. Kirk Woelffer. “And our mission is to provide advanced care through a dedicated, well-trained healthcare team in a friendly, professional setting.”

“We offer the latest advances in technology to get you back on your feet quickly,” said Dr. Alan Boehm. “This includes digital x-rays, Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT), ultrasound, 3D scanning for custom molded orthotics, and laser therapy for toenail fungus.”

The Holly Springs office will also feature an onsite nail care salon with medically trained technicians who will perform podiatrist-supervised pedicures for patients, including those with diabetes.

Raleigh Foot & Ankle Center’s surgeons Dr. Kirk Woelffer, Dr. Alan Boehm, Dr. Jordan Meyers, bring over 35 years of trusted podiatry experience. They volunteer at Open Door Clinic, Alliance Medical Ministry, and Project Homeless Connect.

“Holly Springs has seen a tremendous amount of growth, with little increase in available foot and ankle care,” said Dr. Jordan Meyers. “Making time to go to the doctor is challenging enough, so we are excited to provide advanced foot and ankle care a little closer to home for all the great people in Holly Springs and its surrounding areas. This also provides an opportunity for us to not only offer great medical care, but contribute and give back to the community through various avenues of charitable work.”

Raleigh Foot & Ankle Center plans to open the Holly Springs satellite office on November 12, 2018. For more information call (919) 850-9111 or visit Raleigh Foot & Ankle Center is a division of Foot & Ankle Specialists of the Mid-Atlantic, LLC.


Flat Feet Got You Down?

When you stand for long periods of time, do your feet become painful? Maybe they tire easily, or maybe you have pain in your arch or heel. Do you ever experience swelling in the arch or the heel, or have difficulty moving your foot around and standing on your toes? These are all symptoms of flat feet.

Take a look at the bottoms of your feet. What do they look like? Do you have arches to rival McDonald’s, or do they more closely resemble a pancake? Many times, people have had flat feet all their lives, but never felt any pain from them. Sometimes, flat feet can become painful as life goes on. If your flat feet are causing you pain, what is there to do about it?


Flat Feet


First things first: what exactly does it mean to have flat feet?

You may have heard of another term associated with flat feet: pronation. Pronation is what happens when weight-bearing causes your arches to collapse; the inside of your ankle appears to roll toward the ground. There are two types of flat feet that can result in pronation: a flexible flat foot or a structural flat foot. If the arch collapses as the foot hits the ground, this is a flexible flat foot. If the arch stays flat all the time, regardless of the stress the foot is under, this is called a structural, or rigid, flat foot.

So who can have flat feet?

Anybody can have flat feet, whether you’re a child or an adult. The difference is in how it presents itself in each population. Most children with flat feet have a flexible flat foot, which is not usually painful. Generally both of their feet will be flat, but it can be just on one side. We often times prescribe custom inserts to encourage good support to the feet and to alleviate over-stressing certain tendons and ligaments. We also find adults tend to have progressive flat feet, that continue to get worse with age and activity. Custom inserts often times can prevent further stressing of the posterior tibial tendon, a problem which can cause pain and arthritis.

Now that I know about my flat feet, what can I do about them?

There are many ways to treat flat feet. The first thing your doctor will probably do is modify your footwear. Sometimes a simple change in shoes, or an insertion of custom foot orthotics, can make all the difference. An orthotic designed especially for your feet can support your arches and ease that flat-footed pain. If that doesn’t work, there are a number of other treatments available, such as medicines or injections, rest, physical therapy, as well as other treatments. The right treatment for your foot depends on the type of flat foot you have and how much pain it is causing you.


If you’re tired of feet as flat as boards and the pain they cause, come visit us at Raleigh Foot & Ankle Center. Here you will find the right treatment and diagnosis for your feet. The doctors at Raleigh Foot & Ankle Center will be sure to get you back on your feet (without the pain) as soon as possible!


To schedule an appointment with one of our podiatrists, please call our office at (919) 850-9111 or use our online Request an Appointment form. We serve patients from Raleigh, Cary and Wake Forest in Wake County, NC and surrounding communities in and around the Raleigh-Durham Area and the rest of North Carolina. Hablamos Español.
At Raleigh Foot & Ankle Center, we are dedicated to giving our patients the information they need to get back on their feet as soon as possible. Our goal is to educate you so that you better understand your foot and ankle injuries. Our informational brochures will help you learn what it takes to be back to the activities you love in no time at all. If you would like your free copies of our brochures, please request your copies here!

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!