Eat Better AND Move More

When you think about National Nutrition Month, you may only consider which foods make it onto your plate. While it’s important to focus on adding more fruits and vegetables to your diet, one more thing plays a significant role in your nutrition: physical activity. Yes, eating well has tremendous benefits. Physical activity does, too! This month, as you introduce more healthy choices to the table, consider how helpful it is to also set aside time to exercise. 


Dr. Naghmeh Lilly Khavari of the Carrollton Foot Center knows that foot and ankle issues can sometimes be the reason for holding patients back from their favorite activities. Schedule an appointment today. ­Together, we can create a treatment plan to get you moving again. Here are three fun ways to make changes to your plate — and your physical activity plans. 


Sit less

It’s not surprising, but we are sitting down more. With the transition to a new work-from-home season, the home became our office. We sat in our chairs doing video calls, sending emails, and doing our best. Unfortunately, our jobs may have kept us in our seats longer. You may have walked to the printer more or connected with co-workers in a common space in the office. We understand that things have changed. It’s okay to make another change.


Brighten your plate

Aren’t fruits and vegetables so bright and beautiful? They certainly add more color to your plate. If you’re thinking of fun ways to create a healthful plate, start by choosing your favorite color. Is it blue, green, or yellow? It’s your choice. Then, seek out fruits and veggies that you can begin to add to your diet. You may also discover something new. 


Learn the lingo

If looking at the Nutrition Facts label is intimidating, you’re not alone. This month, check out the available resources to help you learn some common terms. Get the breakdown on cholesterol, sodium, added sugars, fiber, and more. Feel empowered when shopping or even exploring a menu at your favorite restaurant. We’re here to help, and we’re happy to connect you with other community resources. 


When is the best time to start making changes? We hope the tips above are easy to start. Here’s a quick recap:

  1. Set a timer in your day to take a walk,
  2. Seek out fruits and vegetables of your favorite color,
  3. Learn more about nutrition.

Have fun being healthy! Now.

Our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Naghmeh Lilly Khavari, is here to help. She treats various conditions such as bunionscornscallusesdiabetic foot conditionsingrown toenailsplantar 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.

Make Room for Exercise

To practice social distancing, we’re all at home much more these days. We’re working from home, teaching from home, and finding new activities to enjoy. Even more, we’re finding creative ways to exercise. Dr. Naghmeh Lilly Khavari of the Carrollton Foot Center wants to help you stay fit but injury-free. As you’re making room for movement in your home, here are some ways to protect your feet and ankles from an injury.

Wear socks

As you’re moving furniture in the living room, your room, or even the basement, protect your toes. Wearing shoes is best, but socks are also a great layer of protection. From your big toe to your pinky toe, watch out for sharp corners. Stubbed toes are a common injury.

Stretch before you move

Even if you’re moving your couch to the other side of the room, you’re still doing some form of movement. To avoid injuries and best prepare your body, take time to properly stretch. You will also want to stretch after you move items around. If you experience any pain while moving, it’s important to stop. Also, be sure to rest and hydrate.

Don’t do it alone (if possible)

If you live with family members or friends, ask them to guide you or even help you carry the load. It will go much faster, and you won’t have to carry as much weight. If you live alone, be sure that you can safely move an item of furniture before committing. If you previously experienced a foot or ankle injury, our office recommends that you avoid moving furniture. You can worsen the injury or create a new one.

Have fun with moving some things around! Open space allows you to exercise safely and without fear of bumping into that special vase or sharp-edged coffee table. If you experience an injury or are concerned about your foot health, call us at (469) 998-3668. To practice social distancing, we encourage patients to use our telemedicine option. We are located at 4221 Medical Parkway, STE 450, Carrollton, TX.

Ready, Set, HIKE!

Are you hoping to get out and about on the trails for a hike this summer season? If you haven’t already, start planning! Texas is fast approaching the time of year when hiking is best done very early in the morning or not at all due to the heat. There are several benefits to hiking when it comes to our health and wellbeing, however just like anything else, there are risks, too.

Hiking Risks & Benefits

Hiking can be an easy way to get yourself hurt. As an activity, hiking relies primarily on your feet and ankles to get you around the trails you’re exploring. Most instances of hiking related injuries happen to involve the person’s feet or ankles due to walking on rough, slippery, soft, or uneven terrain. When you’re out hiking, you are much more exposed to potentially harmful parts of nature: jagged sticks and rocks that can lead to cuts and scrapes, as well as poison ivy or insects that can cause intense itching, scratching, and potentially lead to infection.

If you ask us, the benefits outweigh the risks – especially when you take the time to prepare for these situations before going on a hike! There are plenty of ways we can prepare ahead of time to help make our next hiking trip even more safe and exciting:

  • Research your trails ahead of time. What terrains will you be walking on?
  • What’s the weather going to be like? Is it better to go early before it gets hot?
  • Have you purchased a first aid kit yet?
  • Will you have enough water, or access to refill your water containers?
  • Do you have a plan in case of emergency, like falling and hurting your ankle?
  • Are your shoes appropriate for your hike?

Sandals can be more comfortable and allow better airflow, but this leaves them vulnerable to insect bites, cuts and scrapes, and sunburn. We hope these questions you can ask yourself before a hike will help you be better prepared for your next adventure! Remember, any foot or ankle aches or pains that last longer than a day or two after your hike shouldn’t go ignored. Call us today at (469) 998-FOOT (3668) to set up an appointment with Dr. Lily Khavari at Carrollton Foot Center in Carrollton, Texas.  We proudly serve Denton, Dallas and Collin Counties.


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