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Get To Know Your Doctor: Dr. Kirk Woelffer

Are you a music lover? 

Celebrating his 19th year at Raleigh Foot & Ankle Center, Dr. Kirk Woelffer is known for his warm personality and fun sense of humor. He loves his job and it shows. Dr. Woelffer is crazy about cars and sports, and he sings in a classic rock band. He shares these interests with his wife Christina, and their three kids.

Here’s a little more about the man who serves as the official podiatrist for NCFC Professional Men’s Soccer, North Carolina Courage Professional Women’s Soccer and Carolina Ballet.

5 Questions With Dr. Woelffer:

What was your first concert?

Prince, 1984, Minneapolis, Minnesota (where I am from). The Purple Rain Tour. It was awesome! I was 14. My buddy’s mom dropped us off in her cool Dodge van, not minivan, and waited for us in the parking lot until it was over. We were too young to be there– it was perfect!

What’s your favorite part about your job?

Giving people a hope-filled plan for a healthy future. I love seeing people achieving their fitness goals.

What chance encounter changed your life forever?

Meeting Dr. Robert Hatcher. He gave me my job here, and he guided me every step of the way to this great place I LOVE working at every day.

What’s the best thing you got from your parents?

They gave me a philosophy to be positive about everything. They would say, “If you believe you can do it, you probably can.” It even feels good to say it now, as a grown-up!

What skill would you like to master?

I would love to be able to play the piano– I have taken lessons 3 times in my life! Turns out it takes practice. 🙂

Dr. Woelffer earned his bachelor’s degree at St. Olaf College, attended medical school at Des Moines University, and completed his surgical residency at Deaconess Hospital in St. Louis. He is Board Certified in Foot Surgery and Reconstructive Rear-Foot/Ankle Surgery by the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery, and he is a Fellow in the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. Dr. Woelffer is also an Associate of the American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine. To learn more about Dr. Woelffer, click here.

If you or a loved one is experiencing foot or ankle pain, Dr. Woelffer would be happy to come up with a plan to get you back on your feet quickly. Schedule an appointment with him today at (919) 850-9111.

Raleigh Foot & Ankle Center is a division of Foot & Ankle Specialists of the Mid-Atlantic, LLC. 

Five Storm Safety Tips From Doctors

Hurricane Florence is being called a “monster storm” which is predicted to bring flooding, high winds, downed trees and power outages to North Carolina. Prevent a trip to the emergency room with these Five Storm Safety Tips from the doctors at Raleigh Foot & Ankle Center.

 

1. Make sure you have clear paths in your home in case of a power outage. High winds often trigger lengthy power outages. According to Dr. Alyssa Carroll, “Eliminate the chance of trips and falls in the dark by creating clear pathways in your home before the storm arrives.”

 

2. Always wear shoes indoors. “The most common home injuries we treat are centered around being barefoot, so always wear shoes,” said Dr. Jordan Meyers. “If you have an aversion to wearing shoes inside for cleanliness reasons, get an indoor house shoe or slipper.”

 

3. Put aside stylish shoes and wear sturdy footwear. One of the best ways to prevent a trip to the ER during inclement weather is to make sure your feet and ankles are properly protected. Ditch the cute flip flops. Dr. Carroll advised, “When you’re outside on slippery surfaces such as decks and asphalt, make sure you are wearing sturdy shoes with good tread.”

 

4. Keep a first aid kit and emergency phone numbers handy. “You never know what you may encounter with the threat of high winds, flooding and power outages, said Dr. Alan Boehm. “Have a first aid kit accessible, and remember you can always call 911 for emergencies, even during power outages.”

 

5. Make sure your kids are protecting their feet. Dr. Kirk Woelffer recommended, “Don’t forget about the children– protected feet are happy feet.”

 

Raleigh Foot & Ankle Center offers foot and ankle care for all ages with the latest advances in technology to get you back on your feet quickly. Surgeons Dr. Kirk Woelffer, Dr. Alan Boehm, Dr. Jordan Meyers, and Dr. Alyssa Carroll bring over 35 years of trusted medical experience to compassionately care for all your foot and ankle needs in two Triangle locations, with a new Holly Springs satellite office opening in November. For more information call (919) 850-9111 or visit www.RaleighFootAndAnkleCenter.comRaleigh Foot & Ankle Center is a division of Foot & Ankle Specialists of the Mid-Atlantic, LLC

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, and Dr. Alyssa Carroll 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 www.RaleighFootAndAnkleCenter.com. Raleigh Foot & Ankle Center is a division of Foot & Ankle Specialists of the Mid-Atlantic, LLC.

 

Get To Know Your Doctor: Alyssa Carroll, DPM

Are you a dog lover? 

Get to know Dr. Alyssa Carroll, a passionate rescue dog mom. Dr. Carroll is the newest podiatrist to join Raleigh Foot & Ankle Center, and next to her husband, Chris, her rescue dog Trixie is the center of her world.

Like most rescues, Trixie’s breed is a mystery, but she’s most likely a Jack Russell terrier and pitbull mix. When asked why she chose to adopt from a shelter, Dr. Carroll said, “There are too many dogs out there that need a home, and we had no special pet allergies or anything… so why not?”

When she’s not seeing patients, Dr. Carroll’s favorite things to do are explore the Triangle food scene and enjoy our many greenways.

5 Questions With Dr. Carroll:

What’s your favorite part about your job?

Meeting all different people from different walks of life… and making them feel better.

What hobby would you pursue if time and money weren’t an issue?

Travel Photography

What’s your favorite food?

Italian, specifically a fresh Caprese salad

Beach or mountains?

BEACH!

What have you learned from your pet?

Patience and appreciating the simple things in life

 

Dr. Carroll earned her bachelor’s degree at North Carolina State University, attended medical school at the Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine, and completed her surgical residency at Christiana Care Health System in Wilmington, Delaware. She is an Associate in the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. To learn more about Dr. Carroll, click here.

 

If you’re experiencing foot or ankle pain, Dr. Carroll would be happy to come up with a treatment plan to get you back on your feet. Schedule an appointment with her today at (919) 850-9111.

 

Raleigh Foot & Ankle Center is a division of Foot & Ankle Specialists of the Mid-Atlantic, LLC.

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.

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.

Raleigh Foot & Ankle Center team

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!

Dr. Woelffer and the Carolina RailHawks

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.

GO RAILHAWKS!

-Dr. Woelffer

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.

 

 

Give Your Feet a Check-Up

When people have diabetes, they often think of problems with their feet. The problem is that they might not think enough about them. A simple foot check every day should be an important morning routine. The problem is that many people think their issue is not a big deal. Not a big deal yet, I say.

Let a doctor determine if your problem is not a big deal. Chances are if you’re diabetic and have a foot question, it’s a big deal. Check your feet each day and look for cuts or sores, temperature or color changes, nail changes, or unexplained swelling. If you see anything new or different, get it looked at. Yearly diabetic foot exams are important, but so are visits when you have new problems.

I urge all diabetic patients this holiday season to keep a good eye on your feet. Spending time with your family at home is lot more pleasant then a stay in the hospital when a little problem progressed because it was either ignored or not noticed. If you have not had a diabetic foot exam this year or have new questions or problems, call Raleigh Foot & Ankle Center today at (919) 850-9111 and schedule an appointment. You can also request an appointment online by filling out our form on our website.

From all of the doctors and staff at Raleigh Foot & Ankle Center, we hope you have a great Thanksgiving Holiday!