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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.


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.

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.

Feet, Feet, Feet

Dr. Woelffer and family

As everyone knows, feet are everywhere—especially at the neighborhood pool! As I was “swimming” with my kids, (“swimming” means getting squirted on by squirt guns, throwing them around until my rotator cuffs are on fire, and playing “Ariel” on my stomach on the pool steps), one of the neighborhood moms said to me, “Do you do kids?”

“Do you do kids?”

Why, yes, we do; big kids, little kids, tiny baby kids, and teenage/college kids. We do kids all day long. Turns out, kids have feet, too! We love treating kids at our medical practice. All of our doctors have kids, so we are used to the quiet ones, the loud ones, the hungry ones, and even the scared ones. For me, there is nothing better than working to get a high-five from a little kid who is not excited to be at the doctor. That’s my goal every time I meet one!!

Happy to Help

At Raleigh Foot & Ankle Center, we see kids from newborns with congenital deformities to college athletes with major injuries. We see warts, ingrown toenails, flatfeet, and injuries suffered in the home. All of our doctors are board certified foot surgeons happy to help—usually without surgery. So, the next time you or a friend is wondering about a foot or ankle problem, remember this blog—yep, we do kids. And we love it!

Welcome to Raleigh Foot & Ankle Center

Hello, Everyone!

Welcome to the world of Raleigh Foot and Ankle Center. We are Doctors Robert Hatcher, Kirk Woelffer, Alan Boehm, and Jordan Meyers. Together, we make up a group of podiatrists located in Raleigh, North Carolina. We aim to provide quality foot and ankle care, both surgical and nonsurgical, in a comfortable, friendly setting. Online, our goal is to provide a little bit of education, a little bit of fun, and a little bit of inspiration. The kicker: it’s all foot-related!

So, before we get started, you probably want to meet the doctors.


Dr. Hatcher is from Wilmington, NC and graduated from North Carolina State University with a degree in Zoology. He obtained a graduate degree in physiology from the University of Georgia before heading to medical school at the Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine. He then went on to receive his surgical training from Northlake Hospital in Chicago. He is board-certified by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery in Foot and Ankle Surgery and is a Fellow in the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons.

Hobbies: Fly-fishing, gardening, and photography

Favorite Shoes in My Closet: Keen’s from REI for gardening (great support and waterproof)

Dr. Woelffer hails from Mound, Minnesota. He graduated from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota before heading off to medical school at Des Moines University in Iowa. Once he completed his surgical training at Deaconess Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri, he had the opportunity to work in Germany and Austria as a European Fellow for the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. He later moved to North Carolina to join Raleigh Foot and Ankle Center, and once here met and married his wife Christina. They have 3 adorable kids.

Hobbies: Sports, music, classic cars, and watching Minnesota Vikings football

Favorite Shoes in My Closet: All-black Nike high-top basketball shoes

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Dr. Boehm is originally from Sandpoint, Idaho, but being a part of a military family gave him the opportunity to spend time all over the country, as well as four years in Japan during his childhood years. He spent his high school and college years in Georgia, before moving up to Philadelphia to obtain a degree in Podiatric Medicine from Temple University. He then completed his surgical foot and ankle residency at Temple University Hospital as a part of an intensive four-year program. Dr. Boehm is one of the only four-year-trained podiatric surgeons in the Triangle.

Hobbies: Marathons, triathlons, golf, cycling, and music

Favorite Shoes in My Closet: Brooks Glycerin running shoes

Dr. Meyers was born in Tucson, Arizona but moved to North Carolina early on, where he spent most of his life. He went to East Carolina University, where he obtained degrees in Athletic Training and Chemistry, before going to Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine in Philadelphia. He then moved on to Louisville, Kentucky, where he completed his surgical training in Podiatric Medicine and Surgery at the University of Louisville Hospital and KentuckyOne Health. Dr. Meyers, the newest addition to our group, is excited to be back “home” in the Triangle area.

Hobbies: His family, ice hockey, snowboarding, and golf

Favorite Pair of Shoes in My Closet: Hockey skates

Now that you’ve met us, let us know what you think! Drop us a line in the comments section, find us on social media, or check out the contact page on our website!