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By Dr. Jeffrey N Bowman, DPM
October 17, 2013
Category: Sports Injuries


In a nation where participation in outdoor activities is rising exponentially, it is only natural that the rate of injuries related to these activities is also on the rise. Injuries to the foot, ankle, or leg are probably more common than those to the upper extremity. If you unfortunately suffer from an injury to the lower extremity, and it isn’t severe enough to warrant immediate medical attention, there are some important things you can do in the early stages to speed your recovery.

All you need to remember is RICE. No, I am not telling you cook up a steaming bowl of rice, although that doesn’t sound so bad. RICE is a pneumonic which stands for:

  • Rest
  • Ice
  • Compression
  • Elevation

The best way to practice the art of RICE!

Rest – the first thing you should do is to stop whatever activity you are doing and then make plans to reduce your activity level so as not too aggravate the injury.

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Ice – if the injury results in swelling, application of ice can help reduce that swelling. If placing ice on the injury hurts, ice can be placed at a higher level. For example, if the injury is to the forefoot, you can apply ice to the ankle. If the injury is to the ankle, you can apply ice behind the knee. I recommend ice application for 15-20 minutes several times a day.

  • Note: please do not place the ice directly on the skin. Wrap it in a towel to avoid potential cold injury.

Compression – the use of compression is to either inhibit or reduce swelling. An ACE bandage is a great method, but there is always risk in applying too tightly. If after you apply an ACE wrap you notice your toes beginning to turn purple/blue or your foot is becoming extremely painful, you might have applied the bandage too tight and will need to loosen the bandage.

Elevation – elevation is also another method in inhibiting OR reducing swelling. The goal is to elevate the foot/leg to the level of your heart. Typically, 2 pillows are enough to provide adequate elevation.


If you have recently suffered an injury to your foot/ankle/leg OR have other foot related concerns, please contact Dr. Bowman at 713-467-8886 or visit his practice, Houston Foot Specialists, on the web.

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By Dr. Jeffrey N Bowman, DPM
October 07, 2013
Category: General

It is quite common for a Podiatrist to be asked the “Million Dollar” question……….Why feet? Why is the first question always, why feet? It

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almost always sounds like it was a poor choice in career. How many people ask their Cardiologist, why hearts? Or your Proctologist, why butts?


I think there are many reasons why your Podiatrist was called to the field. I understand I may not speak for every practicing Podiatrist, but I think the following could be agreed upon by the majority.

  • Due to the rise in Diabetes, the need for foot care is at an increasing demand that has yet to be met.
  • People participating in sporting/outdoor activities is also increasing at record levels, therefore the need to care for sports related injuries to the foot and ankle. I am one of the many.
  • As Podiatrists, we are so much more than nail or callus trimmers, not that nails and calluses don’t need attention, but we are capable of much more. We are surgeons and clinicians.
  • The joy of instant gratification in knowing that most of our patients walk into our offices with some form of complaint and can leave that same day with relief. Obviously this isn’t always the case, but I find this to be true in the majority of my encounters.


Again, I cannot speak for all practicing Podiatrists, but I think the above is a good list of reasons why Podiatry can be an attractive career. So the next time you see your Podiatrist and are about to ask that “Million Dollar” question, remember the above. 

As always, if you have any foot or ankle ailments and are need of a trained professional, please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Bowman at 713-467-8886 or visit Houston Foot Specialists online for some great information on foot and ankle care, or to request an appointment.

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What is more disturbing than toe socks? Toe shoes!!! Forget the standard “mitten” that most shoes embody. Instead, let’s think outside the box and place a “glove” on the foot! It’s difficult enough at times to put a foot into a regular shoe, now you are asking me to place my foot AND five toes, most of which I can’t control, into five separate slots! I think I’ll stick with my sandals.


All joking aside, let’s discuss these amazing shoes.

The Vibram FiveFingers

These were created in 1999, but were not developed and introduced to the public until 2005. The idea was to create a shoe that would mimic the barefoot experience. They were originally targeted at yacht racers for better grip on the slippery deck, but an avid runner suggested there use as a minimalist running shoe. Vibram took these ideas and have since marketed the shoes for sporting activities, running, yoga, outdoor activities, etc. As intriguing as the shoe looks there are risks to the health of your feet.


Our culture is one of the shod foot. From the time we are babies till the time we leave this earth, we spend the majority of our day with shoes on our feet. As such, the mechanics of our body are accustomed to shoe gear. Shoes alter the stresses applied to the body and the musculotendonous actions, especially of the lower extremity. When you go from the shod foot to the barefoot you will naturally increase the stress/forces applied to the foot, ankle, knee, hip, and spine. Your muscles, tendons, and ligaments require a greater amount of strength when barefoot vs shod. Literature says, barefoot running produces a more natural and efficient gait. This may be true, but if you have not consistently prepared your body for these changes, you can and most likely, will hurt yourself.

Since the foot bone is connected to the ankle bone, to the knee bone, and on up, increasing the forces applied to the foot will also increase the forces to your spine. This increase in force affects the muscles, tendons, ligaments, and joints from the toes all the way up into the spine. Potential injuries include: muscle strain/tear, tendonitis or rupture, ligament sprain, and stress fractures. We have come a long way from the Greek Olympiad days and should take caution in what we wear on our feet.


I am not advocating the ban of such shoes. However, I strongly encourage and advise you to research the product and ease your transition into their usage. Vibram, as a company, even encourages gradual transition from your regular shoe gear to these.


Stay tuned for the next episode of The Running Shoe Diaries. Dr. Bowman, a foot doctor and a runner, can guide you trough the whole process of picking a shoe that is right for you. If you feet or ankles have pain, call him at 713-467-8886 or online appointments at www.houstonfootspecialists.com.

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This week I thought we would do something different for a blog. Instead of a specific topic, once a month I will have an “Ask Dr. Bowman” questions blog by simply posting your questions on the comment section of the blog and I will answer them as I can. You can ask anything regarding the foot and ankle from an ingrown nail to a triple athrodesis. From how is surgery performed to post-operative recovery. You can ask anything foot or ankle related.

This will be an open conversation from a Thursday through Monday every month with most of your questions being addressed over the weekend when I have more time. You could live where I practice in Houston, Texas or you could live in Florence, Italy. As long as it’s in English we are good to go.

So the ask Dr. Bowman Blog starts today, Thursday, June 19th and ends on Sunday night June 22nd. To make it easier to get a question trough you can tweet me a message on Twitter (@houstonfoot) or on Houston Foot Specialists’ Facebook page.

So let’s have some fun and ask some questions that you think others might want to know as well.

If you need to see Dr. Jeffrey Bowman as a patient just call 713-467-8886, or go to our informative website, where you can make an online appointment by going to www.houstonfootspecialists.com.

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By Dr. Jeffrey N Bowman
June 10, 2013
Category: Footwear

Yesterday a woman was accused in Houston of killing a man in a bizarre murder. Investigators say she stabbed a man with her Stiletto Heeled shoes. Now being a podiatrist this caught my attention.

Investigators found the woman in the apartment of the victim in the Parklane Luxury Condos in what in Houston is called the museum district. Another tenant dialed 911 around 4am telling dispatchers someone was being assaulted.

When officers arrived, Ana Lilia Trujillo answered the door to the unit on the 18th floor of the high-rise. That’s where they found the 59 year old males body. According to Houston police the man was stabbed multiple times. The weapon according to investigators was a Stiletto Heeled shoe.

Investigators detained Trujillo and questioned her at the scene. The killer was initially cooperative, but she reportedly stopped talking to police who transported her downtown for further questioning. The victim lived in the condo, but Trujillo did not and was visiting. Their relationship is unknown.

The victims name has not been released. The motive remains unknown as the investigation continues. Trujillo, 44, is being charged with murder.

All this time I thought Stiletto Heeled shoes were bad for your feet causing many injuries and deformities but never would have guessed they could literally kill.

Dr. Jeff Bowman of Houston Foot Specialists can take care of all you foot and ankle problems due to high heeled shoes. Call his office at 713-467-8886 or online appointments are available at www.houstonfootspecialists.com.

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