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Get to Know Your Doctor: Dr. Jordan Meyers

Photo caption: Dr. Jordan Meyers with NHL legends at a Nashville charity hockey tournament in 2018. Left to Right: Stu Grimson (former NHL hockey player), Steve Rice (former NHL hockey player), Justin Price (former NCAA Division I hockey player) and Dr. Meyers.

 

When he’s not seeing patients or spending time with his family, Dr. Jordan Meyers can’t wait to lace up his skates and hit the ice. Dr. Meyers played hockey when he was a Pirate at East Carolina University, and he continues to play in an adult recreational league to this day! At the rink, you might spot his biggest fans: his wife Katie and two young daughters, who are the center of his world.

5 Questions With Dr. Meyers:

What’s your favorite part about your job?

Making people feel better and returning them to doing what they love. A lot of the time we are able to do a few simple, easy treatments for patients that really gets rid of their pain fast. I tell patients, “My job is to try and get you better as quick as possible, then have you forget all about me because your pain is gone!” I also truly enjoy getting to know my patients and making friendships. It is really fun for me to connect on a personal level and learn more about them, where they come from, and establish long-lasting relationships.

If you could make one rule everyone had to follow, what rule would you make?

Do something nice for others every single day. If we all did something nice, or made someone feel good about themself every day, this world would be a much better place. “Change starts with you,” as the saying goes, so I challenge everyone to try and lift others up and make them feel great!

What’s your favorite food?

Sushi! That being said, it’s challenging for me to come across food that I don’t like.

What was your first concert?

My parents took me to see Elton John at Walnut Creek when I was 12-years-old. It rained like crazy towards the end. We were muddy and soaking wet, and it was an absolute blast!

Who inspires you to be better?

My family. They are my everything, and I thank God every day for them. I feel this “Hallmark Channel moment” when I see them, where no matter how crazy the day was or what kind of sadness is happening in the world, they make all things feel right. My wife and two girls make me want to be the best version of me that I can be, which challenges me to improve all aspects of my life.

Bonus Question: What have your kids taught you?

Enjoy every simple, little thing. Appreciate the beauty and wonder of even the most basic of things. Take your time, take a step back from the hustle, bustle, and chaos, and truly try to live in the moment. I had no idea how much having children would change my life for the better. They have a way to make every day really special!

Dr. Meyers earned his bachelor’s degree at East Carolina University, attended medical school at Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine in Philadelphia, and completed his advanced foot and ankle surgical training at the University of Louisville Hospital. He is an associate with the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. To learn more about Dr. Meyers, click here.

If you or someone you know is experiencing foot or ankle pain, Dr. Meyers would be happy to help get you back on your feet quickly. Schedule an appointment with him today at (919) 850-9111.

Dr. Jordan Meyers, DPM

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. 

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.

 

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.

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.

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.

Relieve Your Heel Pain!

Heel pain – ouch! We’ve all experienced it at some point in our lives. Heel pain conditions vary from plantar fasciitis to heel spurs to Achilles tendinitis. Treatments also vary from taking some time off your feet to rest, trying out some stretching and icing techniques, physical therapy, and taking anti-inflammatory medications.

Another way to relieve heel pain is to wear orthotic shoe inserts. Usually these inserts are cushioned in specific areas to relieve pain and pressure from a particular part of the foot. They could be as small as a foam heel pad or as large as a full-length insole.

If you need to purchase over the counter items for your heels, you should check out Raleigh Foot & Ankle Center’s online store! It is a great way to get all of the over the counter items we provide in our office, without the hassle of stopping in. If you need to order more BioFreeze for your joint pain, or a new set of leather full-length shoe inserts for your heel pain, you can do it all from the comfort of your home! Just visit our online store and browse by the type of product or the condition you suffer from.

For example, if you’re currently suffering from plantar fasciitis, you may want to look at foam heel pads or silicone heel cups to reduce stress and strain on your heels.Or maybe you want to look at our over the counter shoe inserts, which can be three-quarter length or full-length, and range from leather inserts for dress shoes to synthetic inserts for athletic shoes. There are lots of options for whatever your needs are. Visit our online store today!

The doctors at Raleigh Foot & Ankle Center have decades of experience diagnosing and treating plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinitis, and other conditions that cause heel pain. Call our office at (919) 850-9111 or visit our website today to schedule your appointment and get your feet back to being pain free!

End of Year Insurance Reminder

The holidays are fast approaching, and with them, the New Year. Most of your flexible spending and deductible insurance benefits will be resetting at the end of the year. Why let a good thing go unused? We want to remind you that if you have any foot or ankle problems, now is the time to come in for a visit.

 

Take advantage of your insurance benefits now! Get yourself a pair of custom orthotics, look into laser treatment for your toenail fungus, or heal that heel pain with Shockwave Therapy. Whatever your problem, if it’s foot and ankle related, we can help.

 

Call our office at (919) 850-9111 or request an appointment on our website between now and the end of the year in order to take advantage of those benefits before they disappear.

 

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Our goal is to help you, our patients, receive the best foot and ankle care possible. Please call us if you have any questions!

I Saw a Patient Today…

I saw a patient today who came in with heel pain, but as it turns out, that was not the only thing she wanted to discuss. She mentioned how happy she was with herself during the conversation because she was so chatty. This is an unusual comment during a medical examination. As it turns out, she is taking some classes with a psychologist to learn how to be more social, because she suffers from bipolar disorder. She feels that they are working very well and that it is time well spent. She discussed her life a little bit, and it is difficult because she has this mental condition. It seems more difficult for her because people often perceive her lack of social grace as being aloof or that she is dis-interested. Also, on occasion she will have to be hospitalized for several weeks. This, of course, takes her out of the very social circles she wants so desperately to be a part of. It is also very difficult to explain where she has been when she returns. Without a pretty constant struggle, this patient finds it very difficult to continually engage with those she knows, works with, and sometimes even with her family.

The lesson for us here is perhaps that when we meet someone who is not as socially adept as we are or as we would like for them to be, that we might extend them a little grace and compassion. Perhaps they are in a situation like this young lady and are desperately trying to find friends and be accepted. Just a little extra effort on our part when we meet people different from us might really, in both the short term and long term, actually change her life. I have made a commitment since I met this young lady to really try to be more flexible, patient and tolerant of those not exactly like I would like them to be or exactly like the people I’m used to being around. This young lady turns out to be a wonderful person and wants to be loved and appreciated just like all of us. I want to help them just like I would want to be helped if I were them. Maybe someone should come up with a golden rule about that!

Heel! (Specifically, Heel Pain – Ouch!)

Dr. Woelffer's dog

Pain in the heel is one of the most common symptoms seen by foot & ankle specialists—and it is not fun! People with heel pain suffer. Whether it is a fresh injury keeping you from walking across the bedroom floor, or a chronic injury not allowing you to exercise regularly, frustration can really reach a boiling point.

Now, some good news. You don’t have to live with heel pain!! Many treatments exist and most lead to a complete recovery. What is the key to success? A plan. A focused strategy to do all the things that are good for healing while eliminating the things that are bad. Usually, it can be a pretty simple plan; home exercises, shoe wear changes, custom shoe inserts (orthotics). All are examples of simple treatments. Of course, there are many more treatments for heel pain. Surely, there is a plan for you, right?

Having heel pain is a drag. It’s time for a plan.

For more information about how your can help get rid of your heel pain, download our informational brochures from our website. Raleigh Foot & Ankle Center is a team of skilled podiatrists located in Raleigh, NC who are dedicated to advanced foot and ankle care.