Foot and Ankle Center of Northern Colorado
1931 65th Ave. #A
Greeley, CO 80634
The Foot and Ankle Center has been in business in northern Colorado for the past
30 years. We just celebrated our 7th year at our 1931 65th ave. location in
Greeley. Phone number is 970-351-0900.
Doctors Hatch and Vaardahl perform
surgery at The Medical Center of the Rockies hospital and surgery center. The
doctors are also on staff at the North Colorado Medical Center. These locations
give our patients excellent options for their medical care in North Colorado.
Our caring medical staff is always available to answer questions regarding
your care and treatment. Please also visit our web site at
for additional information about our staff or
common foot and ankle conditions we treat. As an additional service to our
patients we hope that you find this newsletter helpful and informative.
Best of health,
Dr Hatch and Dr Vaardahl.
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It's time to get out of the house and enjoy warm
weather activities like walking and running. But
be cautious! Sudden increased activity following
a winter of inactivity can result in unwanted heel
pain, also known as plantar fasciitis.
This painful condition results from inflammation of
the band of tissue (the plantar fascia) that extends
from the heel to the toes. Starting repetitive
activities such as a new exercise routine, even
continuous standing or walking on a daily basis,
can put a lot of stress and strain on the ligaments
in the foot, resulting in the inflammation and pain.
The good news is heel pain can be cured. The
key to success in eliminating the pain is early
treatment; heel pain can become chronic and
debilitating if not cared for properly. Our office can
help you find relief with
- anti-inflammatory medications
- stretching exercises
- orthotic devices
- physical therapy
- footwear modifications
- activity limitations
Although most patients with plantar fasciitis respond to non-surgical
treatment, a small percentage of patients may require surgery. If,
after several months of non-surgical treatment, you continue to have
heel pain, surgical options can be discussed.
Don't let heel pain stop you from enjoying the beauty of spring. If you are suffering from heel pain, make an appointment with our office so you can
resume your healthy, active lifestyle.
Keep Your Child's Feet in the Game
Spring soccer season will soon be in full swing; don't
let your child be sidelined by toe pain. T ight or hand
me-down cleats combined with repetitive kicking
can lead to painful ingrown toenails. It's a common
condition among all age groups, especially children.
A nail becomes ingrown when its cor ners or sides
grow into the skin of the toe, causing discomfort,
redness, swelling and sometimes infection.
While tight shoes or socks and incorrect nail trimming
are the usually cause of ingrown toenails, sometimes
children inherit the tendency for nails to curve. You
can help prevent this painful condition by following a
few simple tips:
Make sure children's sports and day-to-day shoes
fit properly. Improper shoe width often contributes
to ingrown toenails. It is important for the widest
part of the shoe to match the widest part of your
Teach children how to trim
their toenails properly. Toenails
should be trimmed straight
across and not cut too short.
Make it a habit to check your
children's feet starting at a
young age. Oftentimes kids
hide their foot pain from their
If your child develops an ingrown nail, the only permanent cure is with a minor procedure performed at our office. Don't ever try to dig the nail out or cut it off yourself. These dangerous "bathroom surgeries" carry a high risk for infection.
As always, we are here to provide care for your entire family. If you have questions about your child's feet, don't hesitate to contact our office.
Enjoy Pregnancy without Foot Pain
"Oh my aching feet" is a phrase heard frequently in our practice from pregnant patients. Many believe their sore feet are a symptom they just must deal with during their pregnancy. But, the good news is, there are many remedies available to help alleviate foot pain
If you are pregnant, our office offers the following tips to help keep your feet
Painful, Swollen Feet - Pregnant women often experience throbbing, swollen feet due to excess fluid build up (edema) in the feet from the weight and position of the baby. To reduce swelling, put feet up whenever possible, stretch legs frequently, wear wide comfortable shoes and don't cross legs when sitting.
Arch Pain - Pain in the arch can be due to both arch fatigue and over-pronation (or the flattening of the arch). Over-pronation causes extreme stress to the ligament (the plantar fascia) that holds up the arch of the foot. The best way to prevent arch pain is to perform calf stretches in the mor ning and before and after any exercise, don't walk barefoot, and wear supportive low-heeled shoes.
Ingrown Toenails - Excessive stress from tightly-fitting shoes causes painful ingrown toenails. Give your feet a break: wear wider shoes during the last trimester of pregnancy to prevent ingrown toenails. If you do experience an ingrown toenail, avoid attempting "bathroom surgery." Repeated cutting of the nail can cause the condition to worsen over time. It is best to seek treatment at our office.
Don't worry if you've noticed a change in your foot size during your
pregnancy. Permanent growth of a woman's foot, up to a half a size,
can occur from the release of the same hormone, relaxin, that allows
the pelvis to open to deliver the baby. It makes the ligaments in
your feet more flexible, causing feet to spread wider and longer.
Pending motherhood should be a joy. If foot pain persists, a visit
to our office can provide relief with conservative treatments such as
physical therapy, foot orthotics, supportive shoes and minor toenail