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The Benefits of Berries

Did you know that July is National Blueberry Month? For patients with arthritis, adding a handful of blueberries to cereal or yogurt may help to reduce symptoms. Blueberries are packed with antioxidants that help reduce inflammation. Among other lifestyle changes and treatment options, Dr. Naghmeh Lilly Khavari of the Carrollton Foot Center hopes that you celebrate this month and walk with more comfort.

What is arthritis?

This condition is all about inflammation and swelling of the cartilage and lining of the joints. There are 33 joints in each foot, and each joint can be impacted by arthritis. For patients with this condition, inflammation can make walking very uncomfortable. Symptoms include tenderness and pain. For patients who are seeking treatment, their options range from anti-inflammatory medication to custom orthotics to injections.

What if I don’t like blueberries?

We’d love for you to celebrate National Blueberry Month with us, but we understand if you like another type of fruit. Berries are an excellent source of fiber, and they also have antioxidants that help protect your body against inflammation. Other berry options include strawberries, blackberries, cranberries, and others. The additional fiber helps you to snack on these delicious treats, feeling full and satisfied without having to eat too much.

How does the blueberry compare to other berries?

Berries have antioxidants known as anthocyanin. These antioxidants help to give berries their colors. While other berries may have only three or four types of this antioxidant, blueberries have 20 types. To include these berries in your diet, try to add them to a smoothie or put them on top of your bagel with cream cheese.

If you’re having worsening foot and ankle pain because of your arthritis, we are here to help. We continue to follow CDC guidelines to protect you and our staff. We encourage patients to use our telemedicine option, and we will continue to provide excellent care. Call us at (469) 998-3668. We are located at 4221 Medical Parkway, STE 450, Carrollton, TX.

Bring the Family Picnic Inside

What’s one way to avoid weather interruptions for your picnic? Bring it inside. That’s right — try to create a picnic experience in your home. We’ve all had to get a bit more creative these days. Find your picnic basket, favorite cutlery, snacks, and more. Of course, you must have a blanket. Dr. Naghmeh Lilly Khavari of the Carrollton Foot Center sees the value of sharing a meal with your family, so try a picnic with a twist.

Plan the menu

When you’re planning your picnic, spend some time creating a menu. Be intentional about this picnic. If your family wants to get involved, invite them to offer some suggestions. They can even help to prepare the dishes. Keep healthy items on the menu, but also feel free to bring out some of your other favorite treats.

Find an activity

Whether it’s an indoor scavenger hunt or a game of Scrabble, select an activity. You can either do your activity while eating or after you’ve taken your last bite. Since you’re indoors, find the best ways to maximize your space. If your activity requires extra movement, be sure to move items in advance. This helps to prevent any bumps or bruises.

Keep it simple

A lot is going on these days. Don’t let this picnic become a stressor. If you end up ordering a pizza, enjoy your time. If you prefer to cook a meal, that’s fine, too. Consider this as an opportunity to try something new while spending quality time with your loved ones. It doesn’t have to be perfect. Just be open to trying something new.

We encourage you to be mindful of your space while enjoying your indoor picnic. However, if a bump or bruise is a cause for concern, call us at (469) 998-3668. We’re doing our part to flatten the curve, so we encourage patients to use our telemedicine option. We’re still here to answer your questions and provide excellent care during this time. We are located at 4221 Medical Parkway, STE 450, Carrollton, TX.

What’s On Your Plate?

Before you take that next bite, think twice. During March, we want to bring awareness to nutrition and how a healthy diet and exercise routine can reduce your chances of foot and ankle complications. Dr. Lilly Khavari of Carrollton Foot Center, PLLC, wants to share three conditions that are greatly impacted by your food choices and ways you can make lifestyle changes. March is National Nutrition Month, which focuses on what you eat and how you choose to move while exercising.

Gout

There are many forms of arthritis, and osteoarthritis is among the most common. There is also a form known as gout. When the amount of uric acid increases in the body, the result is intense pain along with redness and inflammation in the big toe joint. This condition is painful, and certain foods can become a trigger. These foods include red meat, certain types of alcohol, seafood, and sugary foods like juices or candy. Gout can be treated with anti-inflammatory medications.

Diabetes

We describe this condition as a diabetic foot. This keeps in mind all of the foot issues that may come along as people are diagnosed with diabetes. When glucose levels become too high, there are serious complications. Damage to the nervous system and poor circulation are a few examples. Other complications include peripheral neuropathy, slow-healing wounds that develop into ulcers, and more.

Plantar fasciitis

Simply, plantar fasciitis is heel pain. It is one of the most common conditions and impacts a variety of patients. The pain and discomfort occur because the tissue that connects the heel bones to the toes becomes inflamed. Weight gain is one change that can cause this tissue to become inflamed, so we encourage patients to maintain a healthy diet and remain active.

Schedule an appointment today by calling (469) 998-3668. We are located at 4221 Medical Parkway, #450, Carrollton, TX 75010. Dr. Lilly Khavari of Carrollton Foot Center, PLLC, is a board-certified foot and ankle specialist, and the office serves patients from Denton, Dallas, and Collin counties. She focuses on pediatric and diabetic foot care, sports injuries, and more.

 

 

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