The Foot and Ankle Center of Northern Colorado is expanding!!!! We will have an office located in the Centerra area at the Northern Colorado Rehabilitation Hospital. This is at 4401 Union Street Johnstown, CO 80534. That phone number is 970-443-00925. We start our first day on February 11th.
Also, we are adding a new associate with us. Her name is Dr Stacy Atherton. Dr Atherton completed a 4 year post graduate residency in foot and ankle surgery. She will be located in our new Longmont office working with Dr Hartlove. That office is located at 1305 Sumner. Phone number is 303-772-3232. Please join us in welcoming Dr Atherton to our great team!
Drs Hatch and Vaardahl are located at their primary office in Greeley. Co. 1931 65th ave .
Dr Hatch will be taking 2 surgical residents with him in February to his annual
mission trip to Mexico. There he joins a group of physicians surgically treating
deformities on children that haven't had access to advanced healthcare. The
mission is called the Yucatan Crippled Children's Project.
We wish you the best of health and an enjoyable winter season!
Dr Hatch and Dr Vaardahl.
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Is Your Foot Fracture an Early Sign of Osteoporosis?
Many of our patients are unaware that unexplained foot pain or foot
fracture can actually be an early sign of osteoporosis, a bone thinning
disease that is blamed for 1.5 million bone fractures each year.
Osteoporosis is referred to as the "silent crippler" since it often
progresses without any symptoms or isn't diagnosed until a person
experiences pain from bone fracture. This is true because bones with
osteoporosis are in a weakened state and normal weight-bearing actions,
like walking, can cause the bones in the foot to break. In fact, many of
our patients visit our office suffering from foot pain only to find out
they actually have a hairline break in the bone (stress fracture), without
having experienced an injury.
While osteoporosis is most commonly seen in women over age 50, younger
people and men are also affected. Early symptoms can include increased
pain with walking accompanied by redness and swelling on the top of the
foot. Often times we notice patients don't seek treatment for their
symptoms for weeks or even months, thinking the pain will pass. our
best advice: don't ignore foot pain of any type; early intervention
can make all the difference in your treatment and recovery.
If you are diagnosed with osteoporosis, it's important to protect your
feet from stress fractures. Our office recommends you wear shoes that
provide support and cushioning, such as athletic running shoes, to provide
extra shock absorption and protection.
Custom orthotics may also help to protect the foot from pressure and
provide shock absorption, particularly during exercise.
If you are suffering from unexplained foot pain, don't ignore it. Call
our office for a complete evaluation.
Keep Your Feet Fit in the New Year
The New Year is here and many are following through with
resolutions to exercise and lose weight. When starting your workout,
remember these tips to keep your feet safe and comfortable.
- Wear shoes designed for the exercise or sport - Athletic
shoes that support your arch and cushion the heel are best to wear.
Custom orthotics may also help provide the extra support you may
need. Make sure you have your feet measured and wear the proper
size for the best comfort and fit.
- Start new workouts gradually - Be sure to stretch or warm
up for your workout and start new exercise routines gradually. We
recommend increasing your exercise intensity by only 10 percent
each week. If your feet do get sore, user rest, ice, compression
and elevation (R.I.C.E).
- Protect your feet from bacteria - Sweaty shoes and public
showers at the gym are breeding grounds for bacteria, including
resistant strains like MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus
aureus). Never go barefoot while in public areas and be sure to
cover cuts and cracks in the skin or ingrown toenails to help keep
out the germs. If you have a cut or scrape that gets infected and
it's not healing in a timely manner, don't hesitate to call our
office to have it checked out.
Don't Let Winter Sport Injuries Keep You Inside
Winter wonderlands bring not only beauty but also fun winter sports.
Skiing at a resort or skating across an ice rink make for great winter
recreation, but don't let foot and ankle injuries keep you inside.
Ice skating can bring fun for all ages and experience levels,
but it can bring a lot of falls on the ice as well. Excessive falls
can tear or sprain ligaments or tendons and even cause ankle
fractures. Use caution on the ice and make sure your skates fit
properly with the laces tight enough to give your ankles proper
Downhill skiers, cross-country skiers and snowboarders also
risk injuries to their feet and ankles, including sprains, fractures
and dislocations. We recommend that ski and snowboard boots are sized
properly to your foot to give as much support as possible.
Ease into your activities. Whatever your sport, if you haven't
been active since last winter, start two weeks ahead of time doing
specific exercises to condition the muscles you will use.
If you are injured, call our office for an evaluation. Whether you've
suffered from a sprain or fracture, it's important to get medical
treatment promptly for both conditions. An ankle sprain can lead to
chronic ankle instability if left untreated. If it's a fracture, it's
best for healing if the bones are aligned correctly.
If x-rays show you don't have a fracture, you may still have a
stretched tendon or injured joint. These may worsen without proper
treatment and could cause arthritis, tissue damage and problems with
foot alignment. We can help head off these potential complications.
By taking care of your feet, you'll be able to jully enjoy your winter