Alan E. Sotelo, D.P.M.


Dr. Alan E. Sotelo was originally born in Caracas, Venezuela however has grown up in various countries spanning the Americas (Buenos Aires, Argentina, Nassau, Bahamas and Toronto, Canada) until his family ultimately settled in Stamford, CT, where he graduated from Trinity Catholic High School. He then went on to complete his undergraduate degree in Psychology with a minor in Philosophy from Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN.

After graduating from college he worked as an entry level Psychologist at the New York State Psychiatric Institute through Columbia University and shortly there after went to graduate school at Barry University, in Miami, FL, where he earned a Master’s Degree in Biomedical Sciences.

He stayed on at Barry University to complete a dual degree with a Doctorate in Podiatric Medicine and a Master’s in Business Administration. After Med School he remained in Miami another 3 years to complete his residency training in Foot and Ankle surgery at Mercy Hospital in Coral Gables.

Dr. Sotelo is fluent in Spanish and proficient in French. A self proclaimed ‘Foodie’, he is also a big movie enthusiast and college football fan faithfully following his Boilermakers each season. Most of all however, he enjoys spending time and traveling abroad with his family in particular Seville, Spain, where he met his wife while studying abroad in college.

Primary Specialty:
Podiatric Medicine & Surgery

Medical Education:
School of Podiatric Medicine
Barry University
Miami Shores, FL

Hospital Affiliations:
NC Specialty Hospital
Durham, NC

Duke Regional Hospital
Durham, NC

A Message From Dr. Sotelo

Medicine is a delicate balance between patient interface and practical application. The process is not always linear and is unique to each individual. My belief is that patient care should be seen from a comprehensive perspective and although diagnosis tends to be problem focused, treatment should always be global.

As such, relief of pain, treatment of ailments and overall quality of life go hand in hand. After all, an educated patient is not only in charge of their health but also empowered to make better decisions about their treatment.

From a physician standpoint, I have extensive experience in conservative but especially surgical intervention in limb salvage and have walked patients through various life-altering decisions. The goal of the end result however is always the same: a second chance to get back on their feet.

Hipprocates phrased it beautifully when he said: “Cure Sometimes, Treat Often, Comfort Always”.

On a personal note, I have a deep interest in gaming especially in the retro era of the genre. Studies have shown that there exists a link between early gaming experience and surgical dexterity in surgeons. Because of my early start in the gaming world at the age of 3 (with the Atari 2600) I consider myself ‘Classically Trained’.

My true passion however lies in traveling the world with my wife and two kids. Although still very young, our traveling tends to be limited to their capacity as children however we still manage to make a yearly pilgrimage to Seville, Spain, where my wife is from and where she still has her entire family.


Call Central Carolina Foot and Ankle Associates at 919-477-9333 for an appointment or click the link below.

Central Carolina Foot & Ankle Associates

2609 N. Duke Street, Ste. 301
Durham, NC 27704
(near the corner of N. Duke St. and Stadium Dr.)

5107 Southpark Drive
Suite 202
Durham, NC 27713
(close to RTP and Chapel Hill)