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Arthritis and Exercise: A Good Solution

When joint pain is at the top of your mind, exercising may seem like the last thing to do. In fact, it is one of the activities that podiatrists recommend. May is Arthritis Awareness Month, and Dr. Naghmeh Lilly Khavari of the Carrollton Foot Center is sharing ways that exercise helps to reduce the discomfort that can come along with arthritis. Get moving this May and see how your new routine helps your condition.

In partnership with your treatment plan, here are some of the benefits:

Stronger muscles around your joints

Ignore the myth that exercise will only make joint pain and stiffness worse. Physical activity helps to strengthen the muscles around your joints. Without movement, the muscles around your joints weaken, which adds more stress. Exercise brings benefits — not more pain. Find the right activity to add to your schedule.

Weight management

Additional weight adds more stress to your joints. Once you’ve spoken with your doctor about an approved workout plan, it’s time to get moving. Maintaining a healthy weight not only helps with joint pain but also your heart health. From head to toe, exercise offers many benefits.

Energy booster

If you’re looking for a mood-booster, you’ll love a great workout. Physical activity also helps with our stamina. We recommend workouts that are low-impact and that allow for gentle movement. If you have pain before an activity, apply heat. For post-activity care, apply ice to reduce swelling. Make your choice wisely by first consulting your doctor.

Find activities outdoors or indoors. Work out alone or in a group. We’re excited to hear how exercise improves your joint pain. Our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Naghmeh Lilly Khavari, is here to help. She treats various conditions such as bunions, corns, calluses, diabetic foot conditions, ingrown toenails, plantar fasciitis, and more. We also offer advanced surgical solutions. Our team provides excellent service to patients in Denton, Dallas, and Collins counties. Contact our office at (469) 998-3668 for your foot and ankle solutions. Our office is at 4221 Medical Parkway, STE 450, in Carrollton, TX.

Are You Aware of Your Feet?

Would you be able to tell your podiatrist if you noticed any new changes to your feet? Look down. Do you see anything different about your feet or ankles? Don’t forget to include your toes. April is National Foot Health Awareness Month, and Dr. Naghmeh Lilly Khavari of the Carrollton Foot Center encourages her patients to include their feet in their overall health check. While pedicures and other treats for your feet are great, don’t let this be the only time you take a closer look.

Here are three ways to start a new schedule at home:

  1. Wash and dry your feet

Don’t forget your feet during your morning routine. Wash them, dry them, and moisturize them. You will be surprised at the amount of dust and dirt lurking around your home. Walking barefoot allows your feet to collect much more than you’d like to imagine.  

2. Protect your feet

From non-slip socks to non-slip slippers, keep your feet covered at home. Those coffee table corners can be a disaster. Slippery surfaces can lead to falls. Even the smallest piece of something sharp can cause a cut. For patients with diabetes, wounds are an immediate red flag and a cause for concern. Do your best to guard your feet from injury and dangerous objects.

3. Schedule an appointment for your feet

Podiatrists are foot and ankle specialists. They’re the ones to call when it’s time to check in on your feet. We recommend adding these doctors to your regular health visits. They not only treat common foot conditions but also help prevent them. Make an appointment today. Are you ready to raise your foot awareness at home? Our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Naghmeh Lilly Khavari, is here to help. She treats various conditions such as bunions, corns, calluses, diabetic foot conditions, ingrown toenails, plantar fasciitis, and more. We also offer advanced surgical solutions. Our team provides excellent service to patients in Denton, Dallas, and Collins counties. Contact our office at (469) 998-3668 for your foot and ankle solutions. Our office is at 4221 Medical Parkway, STE 450, in Carrollton, TX.

What is Lapiplasty?

There’s a solution for your bunion — and a way to fix the source of your pain. Dr. Naghmeh Lilly Khavari of the Carrollton Foot Center is pleased to offer Lapiplasty ®, an innovative 3D bunion correction procedure. Bunions are a common foot problem that can cause pain for many patients. Traditional surgeries may reduce the pain; however, they don’t address the root problem. Learn more about this innovative procedure and contact us today.     

What is a bunion?

A bunion is much more than the bump alongside your big toe joint. It’s a progressive toe deformity that will only worsen over time. For some patients, walking can become painful. Over time, these progressive toe deformities can also lead to hammertoes and arthritis.

How does this procedure help?

Lapiplasty ® fixes the alignment of the unstable bone anatomy, which causes the toe deformity. The benefit is that this procedure offers a permanent solution by treating the root cause of the bunion. Here are additional benefits:

  • Restore your natural anatomy with one surgery.
  • Wear shoes without the worry of your condition worsening.
  • Treat your pain for good.

What’s after surgery?

Within days of surgery, patients can walk in a boot — not a cast. We love to share that our patients can skip the casts and have minimal downtime. While patients must still take it easy, a boot helps them ease back into regular activities.

Before you get discouraged, learn more about how you can say “goodbye” to your bunion pain for good. We also offer the miniBunion™ procedure, which is minimally invasive.  Carrollton Foot Center, our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Naghmeh Lilly Khavari, treats a variety of conditions such as bunions, corns, calluses, diabetic foot conditions, ingrown toenails, plantar fasciitis, and more. We also offer advanced surgical solutions. Our team provides excellent service to patients in Denton, Dallas, and Collins counties. Contact our office at (469) 998-3668 for your foot and ankle solutions. Our office is at 4221 Medical Parkway, STE 450, in Carrollton, TX.

Stay Active To Lower Risk of Heart Disease

Did you know that increasing your physical activity is one of the top ways to reduce your risk for heart disease? February is American Heart Month, and Dr. Naghmeh Lilly Khavari of the Carrollton Foot Center knows foot pain is one of the many reasons patients may be holding back from a consistent exercise routine. If you have foot or ankle pain, schedule an appointment today. There are also connections between foot health and heart health.    

What are the benefits of physical activity?

According to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, regular physical activity reduces the risk of developing common heart disease risk factors.

Here’s how exercise can help:

  • Aid in loss of excess weight
  • Manage stress and improve mental health
  • Lower risk for conditions such as Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and more

Are there different types of physical activity?

Yes, here are a few categories with examples:
  • Aerobic activities
    Running, swimming, and walking
  • Muscle-strengthening activities
    Lifting weights and climbing stairs
  • Bone-strengthening activities
    Jumping rope and lifting weights
  • Stretching
    Doing side stretches and yoga

How can foot pain impact physical activity?
We encourage patients to put their exercise routine on pause if they experience foot or ankle pain. Instead, we recommend that they schedule an appointment with their podiatrist. Here are common foot pain causes:

How can I prevent foot pain?

  • Schedule an appointment with a podiatrist before you begin a new workout
  • Wear the proper footwear, including supports like orthotics
  • Stay hydrated and stretch before and after each workout
  • Ease into physical activity and allow recovery time

We’re here to care for your feet and ankles while you meet your health and wellness goals. At Carrollton Foot Center, our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Naghmeh Lilly Khavari, treats a various conditions such as bunions, corns, calluses, diabetic foot conditions, ingrown toenails, plantar fasciitis, and more. We also offer advanced surgical solutions. Our team provides excellent service to patients in Denton, Dallas, and Collins Counties. Contact our office at (469) 998-3668 for your foot and ankle solutions. Our office is at 4221 Medical Parkway, STE 450, in Carrollton, TX.

What Is Shockwave Therapy?

Are you tired of chronic pain in your feet and ankles? Dr. Naghmeh Lilly Khavari of the Carrollton Foot Center hopes you’ll make a change this year with Radial Pulse Shockwave Therapy. For patients with chronic pain, this means their body no longer sees the pain as the problem — or recognizes an injury. Your body needs help, and this is where Radial Pulse Shockwave Therapy (RSWT) comes to the rescue. 

How does Radial Pulse Shockwave Therapy work?

Do you remember how the body needs help recognizing injury for patients who suffer from chronic pain? Well, the sound waves used during RSWT create a microtrauma to the area of pain. The process tells the body there is a new injury that needs attention. Once this happens, the body begins the healing process.

How can Radial Pulse Shockwave Therapy help chronic pain?
Patients with the following conditions can benefit from this therapy.

What is different about this treatment?

RSWT is the most advanced non-invasive and highly effective treatment method that improves blood circulation and accelerates the healing process. The goal is to cause damaged tissue to regenerate.

Is Radial Pulse Shockwave Therapy treatment for me?

We’re here to help. Schedule an appointment to learn if RSWT may be the solution for your chronic pain. Start the new year with new treatment options for your discomfort. Our office provides the care and guidance you need to take the next steps forward.

What is the benefit of Radial Pulse Shockwave Therapy?

One of the benefits of this therapy is that patients can avoid surgery. Patients also enjoy knowing the treatment is highly effective without the high costs of surgery.

Are you considering RSWT to treat your chronic pain? We’re here to help you make the decision. At Carrollton Foot Center, our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Naghmeh Lilly Khavari, treats various conditions such as bunions, corns, calluses, diabetic foot conditions, ingrown toenails, plantar fasciitis, and more. We also offer advanced surgical solutions. Our team provides excellent service to patients in Denton, Dallas, and Collins counties. Contact our office at (469) 998-3668 for your foot and ankle solutions. Our office is at 4221 Medical Parkway, STE 450, in Carrollton, TX.

Is Leneva Fat Pad Replacement For You?

Have you heard the news? Dr. Naghmeh Lilly Khavari of the Carrollton Foot Center offers Leneva Fat Pad Replacement for patients searching for pain relief. The treatment is excellent for people experiencing pain in the ball of their feet from extended wear of high heels. Patients can benefit if they have also been suffering from fat pad atrophy, hammertoesneuromas, and heel pain.

What is Leneva?

Leneva is an all-natural fat supplement that, when injected, adds fat cushioning to pressure points for patients experiencing pain. Eventually, their body begins to fill in the area with their fat cells.

What is fat pad atrophy?

Over time, your body loses collagen. This loss can feel like you have a lot less support while walking. Aging feet is not the only cause of thinning tissue, though. The extended wearing of high heels, running, or even playing sports can impact the bottom of your feet. Without support, it can become painful to walk. In short, fat pad atrophy occurs when the protective cushion around your feet begins to thin.

How long will the treatment last?

Each person has unique feet, so it’s best to consult with a podiatrist about the impact of the treatment. On average, results can last between one and two years.

Is this treatment for me? 

Call our office today and schedule an appointment. Leneva Fat Pad Replacement can help patients experiencing pain from thinning tissue on the bottom of their feet. The service can help patients with the following conditions:

Will there be a long recovery time?

Injectable fillers offer patients a quick solution with minimal downtime. Patients receive the injection in our office and can go home the same day.

Our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Naghmeh Lilly Khavari, is here to answer additional questions you may have about the procedure. Call us at (469) 998-3668 to learn more about your pain relief options. Our office is at 4221 Medical Parkway, STE 450, in Carrollton, TX.

The Right Plate for You

Thanksgiving is almost here, and it’s time to make plans for your favorite dishes. If you have diabetes, think twice before skipping blood sugar checks or fueling your body with the wrong foods. November is American Diabetes Month, and Dr. Naghmeh Lilly Khavari of the Carrollton Foot Center wants to help you choose the right foods this season. Unhealthy blood sugar levels can be life-threatening for patients.

What is diabetes?

There are multiple forms, but Type 2  is most commonly diagnosed. If you have this form, your body is unable to use insulin properly. For many people, this means they will need insulin or medication to manage their blood sugar levels. For others, a diet or exercise change may help, too.

How can you monitor your blood sugar?

Understanding your blood sugar is a foundational step of diabetes management. If your blood sugar is too high or too low, you’re in danger of experiencing complications. We recommend keeping a log of your blood sugar levels and checking them regularly. These notes are helpful for visits with your doctor, and they help you understand which levels allow you to feel your best.

Which foods should you choose?

According to the American Diabetes Association, there are a few components of a healthy meal plan. Start here when planning your Thanksgiving menu:

  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Lean meats and plant-based sources of protein
  • Less added sugar
  • Less processed foods

When should you call the doctor?

We’re always here for you — even during the holidays. For patients with diabetes, podiatrists are a part of their care team—many complications impact feet and ankles. If you have a slow-healing wound, numbness, tingling, or other concerns, don’t hesitate to call. These could be signs of foot issues.

You’re not alone in your diabetes diagnosis. Our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Naghmeh Lilly Khavari, is here to support you and provide care for your feet and ankles. Call us at (469) 998-3668. Our office is at 4221 Medical Parkway, STE 450, in Carrollton, TX.

A Minimally Invasive Procedure for Painful Bunions

If your painful bunion is interfering with your daily activities, it may be time to consider additional treatment options. When most patients think of surgery, they begin to think about how many days they will be off their feet. It could impact work, family, and other responsibilities. Dr. Naghmeh Lilly Khavari of the Carrollton Foot Center is pleased to share that her office will now offer the miniBunion™ procedure. This cutting-edge, minimally invasive technique repairs bunions and eliminates the pain.

What is a bunion?

A toe deformity causes this condition. It looks like a bony bump on the side of your big toe joint. Also known as a progressive disorder, this toe deformity will continue to increase and may cause pain for some patients.

What makes this technique different from other treatments?

During this minimally invasive procedure, doctors make a small incision. The size is 2-4 times smaller than a standard technique. A smaller incision lessens the trauma to the soft-tissues surrounding the patient’s toes. Benefits include less pain, a smaller scar, and faster recovery.

Talk with your doctor about the best treatment. There are conservative treatments, which do not require surgery. You may also consider open bunion surgery, which may require multiple, longer incisions, and an extended period of rehabilitation and recovery.

How does this bunion treatment work?

First, on the side of the foot, a small incision is made, the toe realigned, and the doctor inserts the miniBunion™ micro-implant. Then, the incision is closed with stitches. Soon after surgery and removal of the stitches, the scar is small, and it can fade over time.

Will this procedure treat my toe deformity?

Before making a decision, make an appointment with your podiatrist. Bunion pain can differ for patients, so discuss the miniBunion™ procedure with your podiatrist.

Contact our office today to determine if the miniBunion™ procedure is the right treatment for your condition. Dr. Naghmeh Lilly Khavari can walk you through the procedure, answer questions, or discuss other treatment options. Call us at (469) 998-3668. We are located at 4221 Medical Parkway, STE 450, Carrollton, TX.

Improve Your Balance and Strength to Help Prevent Falls

We’ll be entering a new season this month. September is also the time when we raise awareness about the dangers of falls. There are a few things you can do inside your home to reduce the chances of you or your loved ones falling. Did you know you can also do simple exercises to improve your balance and strength? Dr. Naghmeh Lilly Khavari of the Carrollton Foot Center has three exercises to get you started as we celebrate Falls Prevention Awareness Month.

Who should try these exercises?

Although falls can happen at any age, seniors are the most vulnerable. For adults who are 65 and older, falls are the leading cause of death and injury. It benefits everyone to improve their balance and strength, so why not take some preventative steps? Try these exercises now and join in with a senior loved one.

 

Heel lifts
For this exercise, begin by standing with both of your feet flat. Then, raise your heels and stand on your tiptoes. Stay in this position for one second and lower your heels back to the ground so your feet are once again flat.

Heel to toe walk
Using your heel as your guide, slowly walk forward. Then, place one heel in front of the other. You will want to do this for 20 steps.

Sit to stand
First, find a sturdy chair. Next, take a seat in the chair and place both feet on the floor. Then, stand using only your legs. Finally, slowly sit down again. Feel free to hold your arms out in front or cross them.

To avoid an injury while exercising, we recommend you first schedule an appointment with our office. Dr. Naghmeh Lilly Khavari can assess your overall foot health to see if exercising is safe for your body. She can also help by completing an in-house fall risk assessment; we continue to follow CDC guidelines in our office. Call us at (469) 998-3668, located at 4221 Medical Parkway, STE 450, Carrollton, TX.

Back to School Homework

The Back to School Season is here, so that means we have some preparation homework to complete. Before your kids begin classes — online or in-person — there are a few things to consider. School supplies, of course, but what about your child’s shoes? Dr. Naghmeh Lilly Khavari of the Carrollton Foot Center is here to remind you of a few more to-do items so your child is prepared for the first day.

Verify the size

It might be time for another pair of shoes. Children’s feet grow quickly, but it can be easy to assume they are still wearing the same size. It is especially true if you don’t hear complaints. Depending on the age, a child may give you other signs, including skipping over a certain pair of shoes or no longer doing the activities they enjoy. To avoid guessing, have your child’s feet measured properly.

Check for a full recovery

If your child had an injury recently, schedule an appointment with our office so we can confirm a full recovery. Returning to running, jumping, or walking in the wrong shoes can cause a reinjury. Pay attention to how your child moves throughout the day. Look for hesitation or signs of discomfort. Don’t ignore these signs.

Ask about orthotics

Custom orthotics are devices used to help fix foot and ankle conditions. For children, orthotics are helpful because they correct issues at an early age and promote healthy development. These devices are just for your children, so we are focusing specifically on areas causing pain or discomfort. Schedule an appointment with us to see if orthotics are the best option for your child.

We’re still here to help. We continue to follow CDC guidelines to protect you and our staff, and we are ready to support your family and kick off a healthy school year. If you’re not ready to visit our office, consider our telemedicine option. You will receive the same excellent care. Call us at (469) 998-3668. We are located at 4221 Medical Parkway, STE 450, Carrollton, TX.

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