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 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.
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.
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!
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!!
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!!
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. 🙂
After 3 months of too hot to work weather, the boat project is back on.
- Dagger board trunk
- All interior “furniture”
- Boom and mast
- Rudder and hardware
- Mast step
Projects to go
- Mast and boat rigging hardware
- Interior and exterior paint/varnish
- Name of boat. (Belle Lydie)
90% done, 90% to go!
It’s that time of year again – kids and their parents are everywhere! Soccer, dance, piano – and of course, homework! It’s a lot.
And it’s a lot for the feet! Kid’s feet get a lot of overuse this time of year – P.E. at school, dance practice, soccer cleats – keep an eye out, parents! The tell-tale sign? Limping around the house. If you see your child walking funny in the kitchen, give your friendly neighborhood podiatrist a call. We don’t need Junior missing out on the fun!
Oh, man. Technology. For me, definitely a love/hate relationship with it. I both love and hate my cell phone, my electronic medical records, and even my millions of kid photos on my home computer. Ugh!
But I have to go with it, right? If I give up, my wife will say I’m out of touch and getting older by the minute, destined to be a grumpy old man before my time. Not good. So I soldier on, reluctantly changing passwords daily.
For you and your foot pain, I say join me and fight the good fight! Embrace technology! Specifically, consider MLS Laser for your painful foot problem.
It is the latest treatment option available to help you heal and get on with your life. Visit our website to learn more about MLS Laser Therapy or call our office to make an appointment with one of our doctors. See if MLS Laser is right for you. Embrace technology!
SUPPORT THE HOME TEAM!
It’s that time of the year again – Carolina RailHawks time! Our home town professional soccer team is back on the field – and in first place! I encourage you to get the family and check out a game. The fun is nonstop – fireworks, kid zone activities, even real ice cream!
The best part is the soccer, world-class players going all out at top speed. It is beautiful to watch. My kids love it and so do I.
To get tickets and to see the Carolina RailHawks game schedule click here.
Raleigh Foot & Ankle Center is the official podiatrist for the Carolina RailHawks. We’re honored to help treat the team’s foot problems so they are able to play at their best. If you’re part of a sports team in need of our care, we want to hear from you! Click here.