The Fear About Falls

September is Falls Prevention Awareness Month. If you have ever taken a tumble, the emotions are overwhelming. There is fear about another fall. You may also have concerns about potential injuries. This month, we are back to sharing the importance of changing your lifestyle and surroundings. These simple solutions can help you and your family stay safe and avoid the injuries that can come with these frightening events.

Dr. Naghmeh Lilly Khavari of the Carrollton Foot Center is about sharing facts. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than one out of four older people falls annually. Do you know someone who has had this experience? Think about friends and family who are 65 and older.

When thinking about your lifestyle and environment, here are three ways to make a positive change:

Strengthen your bones

Did you know physical activity helps to reduce your risk? We recommend adding more exercise to your day to strengthen your bones and muscles. Enjoy the beautiful sunlight, take a walk, and strengthen your bones. We also suggest adding more calcium and vitamin D to your diet.

Update your home

Did you know that simple changes in your home can make a significant difference? If you have older loved ones, there is a greater need to make updates. From adding more lighting to removing slippery rugs, take action to fall-proof your home. Let’s make their home safe and welcoming for our older loved ones.

Know your risk

If you are 65 years and older, you are at an increased risk of falling. If you have fallen once, your risk of falling again has now doubled. We know how falling can cause patients to withdraw from their regular activities. We don’t want to see this outcome. We need to know the risk so we can make lifestyle changes to protect ourselves from injuries.

Are you concerned about the outcome of falls? Fractures are common. Serious head injuries can also occur. If you fall, always call the doctor. It doesn’t matter if you have experienced pain. We care about your health.

Our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Naghmeh Lilly Khavari, is here to help. She treats various conditions such as bunionscornscallusesingrown 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 4221 Medical Parkway, STE 450, in Carrollton, TX.

Heel Pain Help for Active Feet

At least one out of every three people you meet will experience some sort of foot or ankle related pain in their lifetime. Whether that foot or ankle pain is due to life changes, like becoming more active, or due to incidents such as tripping and falling, foot and ankle pain is a universal experience. It will certainly help you become more appreciative of the times your feet work fine with no pain at all! Unfortunately, for some, this time is few and far between. For those who experience foot and ankle pain on a regular basis, it can be easy to simply accept this as the new normal. Thanks to Carrollton Foot Center, this doesn’t have to be your experience!

When you find yourself experiencing pain in the heel region, especially the bottoms of your heels, it is most likely to be diagnosed as plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis is a common condition affecting the large ligament that works to attach the base of our heel bone to the rest of our toes. This ligament can become damaged for several reasons; the most common reasons being overuse from physical activity (i.e., running), being severely overweight, wearing poorly supportive footwear, or developing a bone spur on the heel bone.

What are some things to look out for when you have heel pain?

  • Aching pain after standing for a long period of time.
  • Tenderness or sharp pains when stepping onto the heel.
  • Sharp pain along the arch of your foot.
  • Waking up to a sore, stiff heel that ‘loosens up’ over the day.
  • Having a relative with plantar fasciitis!

While there are many different ways to tackle the pain and discomfort of plantar fasciitis, many home remedies will not rid your feet of the irritation and inflammation that plantar fasciitis can cause. Rest, elevation, and icing your foot will help ease discomfort, but only for so long. When paired with other methods provided by a foot doctor like Dr. Lily Khavari, such as orthotics or shockwave therapy, your chances of recovering from plantar fasciitis greatly improves. Treatments like shockwave therapy are FDA cleared and proven to increase the rate of healing for conditions like plantar fasciitis, among others. Are you sick of the pain and discomfort of heel pain? Call us today at 469-998-3668 to schedule your consultation at our location in Carrollton, Texas.

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