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 will be traveling again to the western Yucatan on his mission trip for
the Yucatan Crippled Children's Project this July. He also lectures around the
country on foot and ankle surgery.
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 coming summer!
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Lawnmowers and Feet Don't Mix
Keep your feet and those around you safe this summer by using caution when mowing your grass.
Did you know the blades on lawnmowers can spin 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 lawnmower barefoot.
Take caution when mowing and
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.
- don't mow wet grass. losing control from slipping on rain-soaked
grass is the leading cause of foot injuries caused by power
- Wear heavy shoes or work boots when mowing-no sneakers or
- Don't allow small children to ride on your lap while on a
lawn tractor. Children can be severely injured by the blades
when getting on or off the machine. Keep children away while
- Mow across slopes, never go up or down.
- Never pull a running mower backwards.
- Use a mower with a release mechanism on the handle
that automatically shuts it off when your hands let go.
Caring for your lawn can be an enjoyable summer experience, just make sure you use caution to protect yourself from injury.
Enjoy the beautiful summer season but be sure to protect
your feet and ankles from yard-work injuries and mishaps.
Love Those Flip Flops?
Flip flop sandals in every color, design and material are always popular
in the summertime for everyone. But, while these types of sandals are
fun, they shouldn't become the mainstay of your footwear wardrobe.
Wearing flip flops too often can result in foot problems. With no arch
support, and no stability, flip flops cause abnormal stress on the
plantar fascia (the band of tissue that extends from the heel to the
base of the toes). The resulting condition, known as "plantar fasciitis" usually causes pain in the heel immediately upon arising in the morning or after periods of inactivity during the day.
Plantar fasciitis can be a peristent problem that takes a long time to effectively treat. The best way to deal with the condition is to avoid it in the first place by wearing supportive footwear that provides sufficient shock absorption.
It's not necessary to completely avoid the popular footwear style. But, to save yourself from a lot of unnecessary pain, think of your flip flops as your dessert, not the main dish in your summer wardrobe and wear them sparingly.
Skin cancer on your feet? Yes, it definitely does occur. In fact, melanoma of the foot is particularly fatal because people rarely think to look for the disease. Early detection is important, so be sure to check your feet regularly. If you find suspicious spots on the soles of your feet, between your toes, or under your toenails, call our office right away for an appointment.
Protect Your Feet
From Skin Cancer
Think "ABCD" to detect melanoma:
Asymmetry - The shape of the one half does not match the other.
Border - The edges are often ragged, notched, blurred or
Color - The color is uneven or varies from one area to the other.
Diameter - Melanomas grow in diameter, whereas moles remain small. A
spot larger than the size of a pencil eraser (about 5 millimeters) may be
cause for concern.
What's the best way to prevent skin cancer? Wear sun
screen, even on the soles of your feet!