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Skin Cancer Concerns and Your Feet

May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month, and it’s time to talk about the skin on your feet and ankles. Skin cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer. It is also one of the most preventable forms of cancer. One of the benefits of daily foot inspections is that you have a chance to notice any changes to your skin. Catching these differences early increases the survival rate.

Dr. Naghmeh Lilly Khavari of the Carrollton Foot Center provides patients with the knowledge they need to make confident decisions about their skin health. Do you know when to call a podiatrist about your skin? We know it can be easy to make an appointment about foot pain or another injury. We want it to be just as easy to pick up the phone and call us about a new mole on your ankle.

Here are three changes to monitor on your skin:

New moles after the age of 21

Moles can come and go, but watch out for new ones. After age 21, new moles on our skin should catch our attention.

  • Inspect your skin from head to toe each month
  • Trust your gut; call us about new moles
  • Inspect your feet daily and take pictures of recent changes

Skin lesion changes

If you have a mole or another skin lesion, we want you to pay attention. Have you noticed any changes? Even if they are subtle, we want to know. Detecting changes early can help with diagnosis and treatment.

  • Don’t dismiss changes
  • Visit a doctor for a professional opinion
  • Watch for changes to texture, color, shape, and size

Sunburns

Do you have frequent sunburns? There is a risk involved with each one, and we encourage you to apply sunscreen regularly. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, the risk of developing melanoma doubles if you have a history of five or more sunburns.

  • Care for your sunburns promptly
  • Determine what needs to change (sunscreen quality, for example)
  • Check your skin more regularly

Reduce your risk for skin cancer by protecting your skin year-round. Always wear sunscreen, stay in the shade, and never use tanning beds. If you have questions about skin changes, we’re here to help.

Our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Naghmeh Lilly Khavari, is here to help. She treats a variety of conditions such as bunions, corns, calluses, 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.

 

Feet First Focus

Sometimes the focus on our foot health seems far from other health-related issues. We’re not sure why, but we know the facts: Foot health is another important part of your overall health. April is National Foot Health Awareness Month, and we hope you can change your perspective on how you approach health care. It can start today. It’s never too late.

Dr. Naghmeh Lilly Khavari of the Carrollton Foot Center has the privilege of caring for her community’s foot and ankle needs. There are common foot concerns that worsen over time if left untreated. Unfortunately, we can also fall for the myth that foot health isn’t that big of a deal. We can create excuses for delaying appointments or even rescheduling recurring visits to the podiatrist. We hope you’ll think differently as we share more reasons to focus on your feet.

Everything is connected.

Do you think there is a connection between your foot health and overall health? It is. There are many health conditions that a patient can first detect simply by noticing changes in their feet. When we fail to understand the significance of our foot health, we could be missing out on other health concerns.

  • Foot health and heart health are related
  • Nutrition choices affect your feet
  • Poor circulation, swelling, and non-healing wounds could signal a problem

There are solutions.

Did you know many solutions to your foot and ankle pain are quite simple? It all starts with scheduling an appointment with your podiatrist. Allow a foot and ankle specialist to care for your needs. Podiatrists provide an accurate diagnosis, a treatment plan, and prevention tips.

  • Don’t tackle foot health alone
  • Maintain regular communication with your podiatrist
  • It’s always okay to schedule your first visit

Fix problems now.

Like other health conditions, untreated issues may reappear in the future. Fix your foot and ankle issues now. Don’t wait until a problem has worsened or progressed to require surgery as the only solution. For many common conditions, the solutions will surprise you. Take care of your foot health and take charge of your future health.

  • Inspect your feet regularly and act fast
  • Find a podiatrist in your neighborhood
  • It’s never too early to think about your foot health

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.

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.

End-of-Year Health Checklist

We’re here again. Can you believe we’re in the last month of 2021? It’s time to check in on those foot health goals. There’s still a little time left to make a positive change or start the new year off strong. Dr. Naghmeh Lilly Khavari of the Carrollton Foot Center offers three must-have items to add to your end-of-year checklist. The goal is to encourage you and push you closer to action. It is not too late to pursue healthy foot care habits or make adjustments for next year.

We are focusing our goals on health, habits, and hang-ups. We’ll talk about ways to improve foot health. We’ll then highlight steps to add to your routine. Lastly, we’ll draw attention to hang-ups that could get in the way of your goals.

Bring out your notebook and pen. While answering these questions, use the responses as starting points for your checklist.

Health

One of the best ways to improve your foot health is to protect your feet:

  • Do you protect your feet with socks and shoes?
  • Are you wearing the right size shoes?
  • Do you need to learn more about living with neuropathy?
  • Can you spot the signs of a foot infection?
  • Do you share foot hygiene tools with others?

Habits

It’s not too early to start a new habit. Here are a few check-in questions:

  • Do you wash, dry, and moisturize your feet regularly?
  • Are foot inspections a part of your daily routine?
  • Are you confident with toenail trimming?
  • Do you frequently experience ingrown toenails?
  • Is a podiatrist a part of your health team?

Hang-Ups

You may be doing more harm than good to your feet. Ask yourself these questions:

  • Do you ignore changes to your feet?
  • Do you push through foot and ankle pain?
  • Have you missed regularly scheduled podiatry appointments?
  • Do you have a condition like diabetes that impacts feet and ankles?
  • Does your family have a history of toe deformities?

Now is the time to connect with our team. We’re here for you, and we want to see you end 2021 well and walk confidently into 2022.

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.

The Rules of Raynaud’s

Are you new to the conversation about a not-so-familiar condition? You may have heard it referred to as a phenomenon or even a disease. According to the Raynaud’s Association, 5-10 percent of Americans have this condition. When cold or feeling stressed, a person’s affected body part can experience color changes, temperature changes, numbness, and pain. Dr. Naghmeh Lilly Khavari of the Carrollton Foot Center is helping her patients understand the basics.

Why does Raynaud’s seem rare?

Raynaud’s is a condition that affects how blood flows to parts of the body, including your toes. For some people, the symptoms are underreported or dismissed. The goal of the awareness month is to tell others about the symptoms and encourage people to seek medical help. According to the Foundation, only 1 in 10 people will recognize their symptoms and seek treatment. There is much work to do.

What is the proper name for Raynaud’s?

A person has Raynaud’s Disease, which is also known as Primary Raynaud’s if they haven’t been diagnosed with an underlying disorder. If someone has an underlying condition, such as frostbite or rheumatoid arthritis, they have Raynaud’s Phenomenon or Secondary Raynaud’s.

Am I at risk?

This condition can affect anyone, so don’t rule out your symptoms. Contact your doctor. Keep in mind that women are affected nine times more often. Many people receive a diagnosis around puberty.

Is there help?

While there is no cure, doctors can work with patients to manage attacks that can range in severity. Creating a care plan early is the best way to live with this disorder.

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.

Summer Tips for Patients with Diabetes

Are you ready to stay steps ahead of your diabetes this summer? Dr. Naghmeh Lilly Khavari of the Carrollton Foot Center is here to help. There are ways to have fun in the sun while reducing your risk for complications from this condition. When packing your bags or planning for a summer day out, here are some helpful tips to consider:

Don’t skip your daily foot checks

Sticking to healthy habits year-round is one way to stay ahead of complications from diabetes. Inspect your feet each day and keep your doctor in the loop about any changes you may see. If you’re on vacation, set a reminder for your daily checks, or ask a travel partner to help with accountability. From new cuts and scratches to returning pain, it’s wise to share symptoms with your care team.

Stick to the plan

Are you attending a picnic or a family reunion? Choose your foods wisely. Stick to the food plan that has been working best for your health. Continue to monitor your blood sugar levels while you’re at events, and be prepared to make adjustments. Remember, leftovers are just as delicious. Portion control is a helpful habit to practice.

Keep your summer appointment

Whether you book your appointment before your vacation or when you return, don’t skip your regular visits with your podiatrist this summer. For patients with diabetes, timing is critical. Infections are a concern and can have dangerous complications, including amputations. So don’t forget to check your feet daily and include your podiatrist in your summer schedule this year. 

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.

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.

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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