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.
Please welcome Kim; Dr Vaardahl’s medical assistant. Dr Hatch will be
lecturing in Chicago on internal fixation devices in June.
Best of health,
Dr Hatch and Dr Vaardahl.
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When mowing your lawn this season, be sure to protect your feet and the feet
of those around you.
Did you know the blades on lawnmowers can whirl at 3,000 revolutions per minute
and produce three times the kinetic energy of a .357 handgun? Yet, each year
our office continues to see patients who have been hurt while operating a
Take caution when mowing and remember:
- Don't mow a wet lawn. Losing control from slipping on rain-soaked grass is
the leading cause of foot injuries caused by power mowers.
Wear heavy shoes or work boots when mowing - no sneakers or sandals.
Don't allow small children to ride on your lap while on a lawn tractor.
Children can be severly injured by the blades when getting on or off the
Mow across slopes, never go up or down.
Never pull a running mower backwards.
Keep children away from the lawn when mowing.
Keep the clip bag attached when operating a power mower to prevent projectile
Use a mower with a release mechanism on the handle that automatically shuts it
off when the hands let go.
If you or someone around you is injured by a mower, be sure to seek treatment
immediately. Superficial wounds can be treated on an outpatient basis at our
office or at your closest emergency department. More severe wounds may need
surgical intervention to repair damage.
Caring for your lawn can be an enjoyable summer experience. Just make sure you
use caution to protect yourself from injury.
Golfers: Don't be Handicapped with Foot Pain
This summer when you head to your favorite golf cours, make sure your
feet are in shape before you approach the tee.
Many golfers don't realize that foot pain can be an obstacle to the perfect golf
swing. As your body transfers weight from one foot to the other during your
swing, the nerves in the ball of your foot may become compressed or irritated
and can cause pain.
Another source for pain may be from your big toe joint. When you follow through
on your golf swing, the big toe joint on the back foot may bend too far,
eventually wearing out the cartilatg or jamming the joint. The wear can tear
can lead to painful arthritis.
Heel pain can also make it uncomfortable for you to keep a solid stance during
critical parts of your swing.
If these areas are causing you discomfort, call our office to schedule an
appointment. There are many treatment options available to help keep your golf
swing pain free.
Summertime fun an bring summertime injuries, including broken toes and
fractured feet. And what you've heard about these injuries isn't always
true. If you have foot pain after an incident, prompt treatment at our
office will help prevent further damage.
True or False?
"A doctor can't fix a broken toe."
Many people believe this and never get proper treatment for a broken toe.
But the truth is, if a fractured toe or metatarsal bone is not treated
correctly, serious complications may develop. For example:
True or False?
- The bones may be come deformed, limiting the ability to move the ofot
or finding shoes that fit.
- Severe fractures, or those within a joint, may cause arthritis.
- An untreated fracture can cause chronic pain and long-term
"If you can walk on your foot, it isn't broken"
This is false! But many people continue to walk after a bone in their
foot is fractured, which can cause even more damage. If you have any of
these symptoms, you may have a broken bone in your foot.
The best thing to remember is if you do injure your foot, don't ignore it
and don't believe everything people say. Trust a professional and call
our office to have it checked out. You'll be keeping your feet in good
shape for all the summers to come.
- Pain when the fracture occurs. The pain often goes away after several
- A toe that looks misshapen.
- Bruising and swelling the next day.