Pain-Free Feet for The Holidays

The holidays are here! Christmas and New Year’s are a time for joy and celebration. But while you’re spending quality time with loved ones and searching for the perfect gifts, you may be neglecting your feet. A common complaint for people is achy feet around the holidays, since we’re usually up on our feet cooking, shopping, and participating in fun activities. But we have some good news! You can still enjoy your holiday season and keep your feet pain-free by incorporating some easy foot care steps into your routine. Here are our top tips for success!

Take A Foot Bath

After a long day of cooking and entertaining guests, this is exactly the thing your feet will need. Not only do foot baths help with inflammation, foot odor, and sore muscles, but they are super relaxing and the perfect way to destress. Fill your bathtub with lukewarm water up to ankle level, then add Epsom salts, essential oils, or tea bags for added benefits. Soak your feet for around 20 minutes, then dry them completely.

Incorporate Inserts

Arch support helps greatly if you’re on your feet for long periods. Is your favorite pair of shoes not cutting it when it comes to comfort? Look into getting a pair of arch support inserts. Or better yet, custom orthotics. Orthotics can help with a wide range of foot concerns, from arthritis to flatfoot.

Ice Your Feet

Inflammation causes soreness, and soreness is a complete buzzkill during the holiday season. Instead, apply ice to sore feet for 10 minutes each day. You can do this by putting some ice cubes into a towel or plastic bag, or try freezing a water bottle and rolling your feet on it.

If you find your feet are still suffering, it may be a sign of a larger issue at hand. For continuous foot pain, call your podiatrist for help.

Board-certified podiatrist Dr. Naghmeh Lilly Khavari is committed to helping her clients in Carrollton, TX. She offers a wide variety of treatments from ingrown toenails to advanced surgical solutions. Contact Carrollton Foot Center’s office at 469-998-3668 to schedule an appointment today!

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.

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