Congratulations to Dr Peter Hartlove on his retirement from our Longmont practice. Dr Hartlove practiced in Longmont for 31years and is now going to pursue his second career, photography. Dr. Stacy Atherton will be maintaining the practice's high level of care and expertise. She brings with her four years of advanced surgery training. She with her husband and 4 children live in Longmont and enjoy all aspects of the community.
Dr Hatch traveled again to the western Yucatan on his mission trip for the Yucatan Crippled Children's Project this past July. He also lectures around the country on foot and ankle surgery. He will be speaking on foot surgery to a group of surgeons from China this November.
Dr Vaardahl continues to educate and teach the surgical residents in podiatry at the North Colorado Medical Center in Greeley. He also maintains a busy schedule at the hospital specializing in diabetic wound care.
We all wish you the best of health and activity for this Fall!
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Parents: Know How to Buy the Right Shoes for Your Child's Feet
Did you know that your child's feet can grow up to two sizes in six
months? You need to account for this rapid growth when buying shoes.
Be careful, though, not to simply buy shoes that are too big and
assume they'll grow into them - oversized shoes cause the foot
to slide forward putting excessive pressure on the toes. A good fit is
about a finger's width from the end of the shoe to the tip of the
big toe. Check to see that the toe box flexes easily and that the shoe
doesn't bend in the middle of the sole. Don't let your child
choose shoes if they already feel tight and uncomfortable in the store
- they won't fit any better when you get home.
If you haven't checked your child's shoes recently, now is a good
Follow these basic instructions to finding the perfect fit for growing
The basics of a good fit also apply to athletic shoes. Also, for
comfort and injury prevention, children who regularly participate in a
sport should wear shoes designed specifically for the demands of that
sport. For example, tennis shoes are designed for side-to-side motion.
When shopping for a general athletic shoe, cross-trainers are a
suitable choice. If specific socks are required as part of a uniform
(for example, soccer socks), have your child wear these socks, or ones
of the same thickness, to try on the shoes.
- Look for proper cushioning and arch support. Shoes lose their shock
absorption over time.
- Wear and tear around the edges of the sole usually means it's worn
out and needs to be replaced.
- Shoes that are too tight can cause blisters, corns and calluses on
your child's toes, blisters on the back of the heels or ingrown
- Children with flat feet need shoes with a wide toe box, maximum arch
support and shock absorption. The best shoes to buy are oxford,
lace-up shoes that have enough depth for an orthotic insert, if
If a child is having trouble walking and running, and is experiencing pain despite properly fitting shoes, a check-up with our office could be in order.
Assist Your Diabetic Loved One This Autumn
November is National Diabetes Month, and an excellent reminder that the
entire family should be involved with making sure our diabetic loved
ones stay healthy.
Here are some ways you can participate in healthy choices and actions
with the whole family:
- Plan meals carefully. Everyone can benefit from healthful-eating
guidelines that your diabetic family member needs to follow.
- Make fitness a part of your day. Taking a walk together is a great way
to help the entire family stay in shape, and to help your diabetic
family member control blood sugars.
- Feet can get cold on chilly autumn nights, so anyone with diabetes
should wear socks to bed if their feet are chilly. They should NEVER
use a heating pad or hot water bottle.
- Help your family member check his or her feet. It's not always easy
to look at the bottoms of someone's feet, but it's very
important. Regular feet-checking can help you catch cuts, blisters,
scratches, redness or swelling right at the start, before they become
a big problem. So, inspect feet daily, and call our office at the first
sign of trouble.
Although certain colors are beautiful to look for when hiking in the fall, you
don't want to see those colors on your feet and ankles as a result of a
fall! Outdoorsy people might not always know the risks of hiking on uneven
terrain. Steep hills, slippery surfaces and loose rocks can cause stress to
the muscles and tendons in feet and ankles. Avoid problems such as heel pain,
ankle sprains and Achilles tendon injuries with these tips:
Enjoy the Fall Colors and Keep Your Feet Safe
Use the Right Shoes
Cross-training athletic shoes don't offer the support needed for hiking on
uneven, steep and slippery terrain. An investment in strong, well-insulated
and moisture-proof hiking boots will lessen the stress on muscles and tendons
and reduce risk of injury. Look for shoes with a supportive shank; if a
boot bends in the middle, don't buy it!
Easy Does It!
Hiking is like sknners should take on less difficult trails until they have
mastered them, then move on to more difficult ones. Feet need to be in good
physical condition to function properly, or else injuries may easily occur. Be
sure to stretch your foot and ankle muscles, strengthen them, and do exercises
to improve your sense of balance. These will improve your ability to deal with
challenging terrain. Don't attempt to take on more than your body is ready
for; ease into your hiking routine before planning a long, strenuous
If you are injured, use the R.I.C.E. protocol: Rest, Ice, Compression and
Elevation, and seek medical assistance in our office or the closest emergency