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 29 years. We just celebrated our 6th year at our 1931 65th ave.
location in Greeley. Phone number is 970-351-0900. Additionally we have a
location in Loveland at 1440 N Boise ave. That phone number is 970-278-
1440. 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.
Dr Hatch, Dr Vaardahl and their staff wish all their patients and family a
happy and healthy new year!
Dr Hatch is going on his annual mission trip to Mexico to help children
born with foot and leg deformities. He additionally will attend the annual
surgical conference by the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons
later in February and attend the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
conference in March
Dr Vaardahl will attend a surgical conference in February as well. Both
doctors stay active in continuing medical education. Dr Vaardahl is also
director of residency training at North Colorado Medical Center.
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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Beautiful Winter Wonderlands can be
Dangerous for Feet and Ankles
Whether you live in a cold-weather climate or you're just vacationing in
one, the winter season can be beautiful but also very dangerous, with
snowy, icy walkways. Using caution when outside or traveling to wintery
areas can help prevent ankle sprains and fractures from ruining your plans
for enjoying the winter months.
Wear the right shoes for the weather
High-heeled boots may be fashionable but not very practical on slippery
surfaces. Shoes or boots with a low heel and traction soles provide a
more secure footing. If you need to wear high-heeled shoes, change into
them when you arrive at your destination.
Check for slippery areas
Watch your step when exiting your car or walking out of a building. Take
notice of any potentially icy areas. Keep your hands free to support and
help provide balance in case you begin to fall.
Keep areas near doorways well-lit and clear of ice and snow
Areas around your house, especially stairs and sidewalks, should be well
lit so that your and your guests can better detect icy areas.
Don't ignore an injured foot or ankle
If you do suffer an injury, don't delay in calling our office for prompt
evaluation and treatment. in the meantime, the R.I.C.E. method should be
Rest. Stay off the injured (foot/ankle). Walking may cause further
Ice: Apply an ice pack to the injured area, placing a thin towel
between the ice and the skin. Use ice for 20 minutes and then wait at
least 40 minutes before icing again.
Compression: An elastic wrap should be used to control swelling.
Elevation: The (foot/ankle) should be raised slightly above the
level of your heart to reduce swelling.
Delaying treatment can result in long-term complications such as chronic
ankle instability and pain, arthritis or deformity. Remember, even if you
are able to walk on the injured foot, you may still have a serious injury.
New Year; New Healthier You
Let 2010 be the year of a healthier you. If you've been putting off
having foot surgery to correct bunions or hammertoes, make a commitment to
yourself for fit feet this year. Something simple as having healthier,
pain-free feet can make a huge difference in your overall health and
Many patients don't realize, in most cases, advances in surgical techniques have
made bunion and hammertoes correctable with outpatient surgery and patients
return home the same day. Don't let painful foot conditions slow you down
another year. Call our office to schedule an examination to determine the best
treatment approach and make this your year of health feet!
Healthy Feet Make the Best Dancing Feet
Don't ignore foot pain on the dance floor
Being 'light on your feet' when dancing is not entirely true; dancing the
night away can take a toll on feet and ankles. If you enjoy dancing,
don't let foot injuries stop the show, be sure to protect your feet and
The most common types of dance-related foot and ankle problems are
overuse injuries, which occur due to the repetitive movements in
dance. Over 50 percent of dance injuries occur in the foot and ankle.
The severity of the damage is often determined by a dancer's age,
strength and flexibility and the type of shoes worn when dancing.
Other common types of injuries related to dancing can include:
What's the best defense to protect your feet and ankles?
stress fractures (hairline breaks in the bone) from repeated jumping
foot neuromas (thickening/irritation of the nerves in the ball of the
foot) resulting from repetitive pivoting
shin splints (pain and swelling in the front of the lower legs) which
can be aggravated by recurring activities
tendonitis (inflammation of the tendons in the foot) from over
corns, calluses or blisters - all painful skin irritations resulting
from repeated rubbing of the skin on the feet.
Wear appropriate shoes to properly support your feet and ankles
Perform dance moves that best fit your skill level
If you do suffer an injury, it is important to make an appointment with
our office as soon as possible. Prompt medical attention by a foot and
ankle surgeon can make all the difference in a proper rehabilitation.
Most dance injuries can be treated with conservative care as long as they
are not ignored. Don't dispel foot pain even if you can walk on it;
remember it is possible to walk on a seriously injured foot. Common
injuries, if left untreated, may require surgical intervention to ensure