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Is PRP Right For Me?

You may be going crazy, you might have a foot or ankle problem that has not healed and is limiting your life. You may have tried a lot of simple things and had some improvement, but you just can’t get over the hump. You want to exercise, you want to wear normal shoes, you want to be the person you know you are. Platelet Rich Plasma Injection Therapy could be right for you. It is a low risk treatment for those people who can’t get over the hump.  Now let me be clear: it involves drawing blood from your arm, separating the healing cells, and injecting them back into your injured area. Yep, it’s a shot. But, with proper numbing medicine and a little TLC, this can be relatively comfortable.

Also, this treatment is not for everyone. Not every foot and ankle problem can benefit from PRP. However, this treatment can be quite beneficial for some common problems such as achilles tendonitis and plantar fasciitis. If you’ve tried a lot of treatments, been to a lot of doctors, and feel like you’re losing your mind because you can’t be the active, healthy person you want to be, PRP Injection Therapy may just be right for you. 

How Do PRP Injections Work?

PRP injections work by taking a patient’s own blood and spinning it in a centrifuge to isolate an increased number of the healing cells in that patient’s own blood. Following this sterile protocol, these cells are injected, by the doctor, into the injured area. Utilizing an increased number of healing cells in a focused location of injury can improve how healing occurs and how pain is relieved. This treatment is done in an office setting with numbing medicine. This is not a surgery and it is not done in a hospital. It can be a comfortable, safe procedure that allows the patient to continue daily activities. PRP Injection Therapy  is rarely covered by insurance, so costs to the patient are likely. Because we are caring for an injured part, control of strain to the area is usually necessary with a supportive shoe insert, an ankle brace, or a removable air cast boot. Treatment results vary, based on what type of injured body part is being treated and how long the condition has been present. Risks associated with this treatment are low. Reactions and side effects are minimal since there is no incision and no general anesthesia, as well as no oral medications needed. Ask a board-certified foot and ankle specialist if PRP Injection Therapy is right for you.

Call 919-850-9111 (for Raleigh and Holly Springs)


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.

It’s Cold, but Go Ahead, Be Bold!

Happy New Year! I’m sure that a lot of you made New Year’s Resolutions to improve your quality of life, especially related to your health. Many of us strive to eat more fruits and veggies, eat less snacks and chips, and of course, get more exercise. Maybe you’re just starting out, or maybe you’re already physically active and want to run your first marathon.

One thing always seems to get in our way: cold, dark weather. It can be very discouraging! How do I keep active when it’s cold and dark outside? The answer: take little bites! Plan a schedule with short walks or runs every evening or morning. You’ll avoid complete darkness and decrease your chances of overuse injuries like plantar fasciitis. Long runs in pitch-black darkness are a bad idea. If you do run in the winter evening hours, make sure you run in well-lit areas and wear bright, reflective clothing. Not only will cars be able to see you, but you’ll be able to see any obstacles in the road that might trip over if unseen.

Make a schedule of easy to complete short exercise events. Get fresh air, burn calories, and stay fit until daylight hours increase. Spring will be here before you know it!! And you’ll be ready. And if you ever have any foot or ankle pain, whether you’re exercising or not, remember that it’s not normal. Thankfully we’re here to help. You can call us at (919) 850-9111 to make an appointment for any exercise-related injuries, or you can fill out our form to request an appointment online.


In the News: Celebs Have Foot Problems, Too

Last week was a bad one for famous feet. You may have seen that pop singer Taylor Swift was recently photographed at a concert on the Asian leg of her 1989 tour wearing an ankle brace – and she was still wearing her high heels on stage! Swift officially has Achilles tendinitis, also known as inflammation of the Achilles tendon.

If you have Achilles tendinitis you’re probably feeling pain where the tendon attaches to the heel bone, or along the back of your ankle. The injury usually occurs due to chronic, repetitive strain. In Swift’s case, wearing sky-high heels every night on stage for the duration of her world tour probably did the trick.

It wasn’t a good weekend for feet in the world of sports, either. Among the casualties is Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, who left the game on Sunday with a foot injury that turned out to be plantar fasciitis. Manning actually has a partial tear in the plantar fascia of his left foot. The Broncos will not start him in their next game against the Chicago Bears.

Plantar fasciitis is also inflammation of a ligament, but the plantar fascia is on the bottom of your foot. If you have it, you probably describe it as heel pain, but you may also feel pain along the arch of your foot. Sometimes the pain improves with activity, but over-use of the foot can make it worse. It can be very, very painful!

So what can you do if you think you’re suffering from Achilles tendinitis or plantar fasciitis? You can always call Raleigh Foot & Ankle Center at (919) 850-9111 and ask to see one of our board-certified podiatrists. You can also request an appointment online. Our doctors will give you a thorough exam and then discuss possible treatments with you. Rest is almost always part of the answer – in Swift’s case, they would probably recommend she stop wearing those high heels.

Remember – you don’t have to suffer from foot and ankle pain. The doctors at Raleigh Foot & Ankle Center are happy to help you with any problems you have with your feet. Call us today at (919) 850-9111 to make an appointment.

Plantar Fasciitis!

It’s happened to everybody. You wake up in the morning feeling great. You think, “Today’s going to be a great day.” That is, until you put your feet on the floor. You get out of bed, and OUCH! Your heel is killing you. Your heel may feel like it’s throbbing, or like it’s bruised. You probably have plantar fasciitis, the leading cause of heel pain. To learn more about what plantar fasciitis is and how you can treat it, watch the video below.