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By Jeffrey N. Bowman
October 02, 2014
Category: Foot Health
Tags: Cancer   Feet  

Effects of Chemo on the FeetThere is a certain set of vocabulary that invokes fear, trepidation, and worry:  Cancer and Chemo.  Cancer is so prevalent in our world that I would wager it impossible to find an individual who has not been touched by it.  There has been so much medical research on how to prevent and how to treat, and hopefully cure, cancer.  When you think of cancer you automatically think about chemotherapy.  They seem to go hand in hand.  We have all heard about the devastating effects of chemo.

How does chemo treat cancer?  It targets actively dividing and growing and destroys them.  Unfortunately, it is indifferent when it comes to normal cells that are also growing and dividing.  As such, the side effects come in response to the destruction of these normally dividing cells.

Common side effects:

  • Fatigue
  • Pain
  • Sores in the mouth and throat
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Constipation
  • Blood disorders
  • Foot problems,,,YES, foot problems

Effects on the feet:

Hand-Foot Syndrome (A.K.A.  Palmar-Plantar Erythrodysesthesia)

It is not an effect of all types of chemo, but none-the-less, it is recognized as a side effect. Symptoms:

  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Pain on the plantar surface of the foot
  • Tingling or burning
  • Tightness of the skin
  • Thick calluses and blisters which may ulcerate
  • Cracked, flaking, or peeling skin

Treatment may come in the form of topical anti-inflammatory creams.  Other topical medications may also be used: topical lidocaine and topical moisturizing creams.

If you are undergoing chemotherapy and are in need of foot care, please contact Dr. Bowman at 713-467-8886 or visit www.houstonfootspecialists.com.

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By Jeffrey N. Bowman
October 01, 2014
Tags: Sports   Feet  

Sports Injuries and your Feet!The fall season is prime time for young athletes to be on the football and soccer fields. Keeping kids active is so important, especially with childhood obesity remaining a prominent concern in our nation. As a parent it is important to not only keep children active but to also monitor the level of their activity. Doing too much, too soon, or taking on more than their young bodies can handle may leave them with injuries and sitting on the sidelines.

In popular sports such as football, basketball, soccer, running, and gymnastics, there is a risk for young players to suffer injury to the lower extremities. Feet are crucial to any sport, but it can be forgotten that the bones of children are different than those of adults—they are immature and still growing. In fact, growth plates don’t fully mature for boys until age 15-17 and age 13-15 for girls. During childhood, repetitive stress and pressure could lead to a number of overuse injuries.

When children are involved in just one sport for an extended period of time, endure long practices in the high impact sports listed above, or play in inappropriate footwear, they are vulnerable to injury. Some of the more common ones we see in young athletes include stress fractures, shin splints, ankle sprains, fractures, and Sever’s disease. The latter is a common injury that causes pain and inflammation at the back of the heel where the Achilles tendon attaches to the heel bone.

A lack of treatment—or assuming discomfort is simply growing pains—may lead to chronic problems in the future. If your child complains of pain or shows a decreased interest in being active, contact Houston Foot Specialists for a thorough evaluation to find out what may be going on. The proper treatment will protect growing bones, ensure the right healing takes place if an injury is present, and help your child get back on his or her feet quickly. If you have any questions or concerns about your child’s foot health, call Dr. Jeff Bowman at (713) 467-8886 or make an appointment at our Palm Desert, CA office through our website.

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By Jeffrey N. Bowman
September 29, 2014
Tags: Baby Feet  

Take proper care for your babies feet!For you new parents, especially you moms, there are so many things that you worry about in the first months of your child’s life.  Many of the worries that bombard your mind can be set at ease with just a little knowledge and know how. 

Take for example your child’s feet and toenails.  There are quick and easy steps you can take on a daily basis, if needed, to prevent possible future foot problems.

Foot care for your little bundle:

1. Toenails

  1. If not care for properly it is quite easy for your little one to develop an ingrown toenail.
  2. Prevention: 
    1. Trim the toenail in a straight line
      • Don’t trim too short
      • Don’t leave too long
      • NOTE:  the nail should be left long enough to just cover the end of the toe

The sharp corners can be gently filed with a fine grit Emory board.

2. Feet

  • The best time to examine your babies feet is during and after bath time 
  • Often times your bundle of joy will have dry feet under and between the toes.
    • In such a case it is recommended that you apply a healthy dose of baby moisturizing lotion to the affected areas.
    • If you baby has the opposite issue, then a talcum powder is recommended for drying purposes. 
  • NOTE:  the skin of your child may change on a daily basis so it is best to be prepared for either situation.

3. Socks and Shoes

  • If either is to be used it is best to keep them loose fitting: nothing constricting.
  • Soft cotton and wool are the recommended choices for socks
  • Leather is recommended choice for shoes.

These are just a few simple things you can do on a daily basis to help keep your babies’ feet and nails healthy.

If you are in need of a caring foot and ankle physician to tend to your child’s OR your feet, you can contact Dr. Bowman at 713-467-8886 or visit www.houstonfootspecialists.com.

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By Jeffrey N. Bowman
September 27, 2014
Category: Ankle Pain

Sign up for a race this fall!If you have a love for running, there are scores of races this fall taking place in many cities in Texas for you to choose from! There's a race next Tuesday, Sept 30th that combines a 500 meter swim with a 5k run. If you can't make it to that race, don't sweat it! There will plenty of other races happening during the month of October as well, such as the Color Splash race happening on October 3rd. If you plan on attending any more races this year, just be sure to pay attention to your feet and ankles, as any kind of foot or ankle pain could ruin a perfectly good chance to enjoy one of these races.

Nothing is more frustrating when you are a runner than having to deal with ankle pain, either in training or during the run. The ankle is made up of a lot of muscles and ligaments and provides much of the propulsion your body needs during each stride. The ankle has to endure a lot of stress during running and there are a few reasons why you may have some pain in this area.

One cause could be something called posterior tibial tendonitis. A muscle that runs down your leg, behind the inside of your ankle and into the arch of your foot can become overworked, torn and inflamed. With this condition, you may feel pain on the inside of your ankle. Running on uneven surfaces or having a foot that overpronates (rolls inward) could put you at risk for this injury. Landing the wrong way on your foot one day could also have caused a sprain that you weren’t aware of at first. This may be another reason for recurring pain, as continued running hasn’t allowed ligaments to heal properly. Overtraining could have resulted in an unseen stress fracture, which is a small hairline break in a bone that can lead to significant pain when the foot has to bear a lot of weight.

If icing and some rest from running don’t take your ankle pain away, it is time to come in and see Dr. Jeff Bowman for an accurate diagnosis of what is causing your pain and the right treatment to get rid of it. A custom orthotic might be just what you need to get rid of ankle pain by realigning your ankle and foot while you run. Take your foot health seriously and call Houston Foot Specialists today for an appointment at (713) 467-8886. 

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By Jeffrey N. Bowman
September 25, 2014
Category: Skin Problems
Tags: skin grafting  

What is Dermagraft?In lieu of the most recent scientific blog concerning skin grafts I felt it prudent to continue with this discussion on grafts.  Skin grafts can be taken directly from yourself (autograft), from another source of the same species (allograft), OR from another species (xenograft).  Dermagraft is one such form example of skin grafting.

What is it?

Dermagraft is derived from cryopreserved human tissue therefore it is an allograft.  It is composed of fibroblasts, extracellular matrix, and a bio-absorbable scaffold.  It comes in a prepackaged frozen form that must be correctly thawed prior to application.  It can be used for various types of non-healing wounds, with the exception of wounds that have active infection.  The cellular composition is designed to help build tissue and aid in the closure of the wound.  The grafts are applied on a weekly basis and can be used until complete wound closure. 

Dermagraft is just one form of skin graft substitute that can be used to in the treatment of non-healing wounds.  Please note that wounds are dynamic and what it needs one day may change the next.

If you are experiencing a difficult wound and are in need of a caring and highly trained physician, please contact Dr. Bowman at 713-467-8886 or visit www.houstonfootspecialists.com.

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