Thursday, June 21, 2007

Shot of Alcohol Eases Foot Pain

tidbits that tantalizeI Could Use A Shot...

Careful now - yes, researchers in England have discovered that a shot of alcohol eases the pain of Morton's neuroma. This is a common cause of chronic foot pain and is often quite difficult to treat. The pain begins gradually and is intermittent in the early stages. However, over time, the pain intensifies and may last for several days, or even weeks.

The neuroma is a benign growth caused by the thickening of the nerve tissue. This most commonly occurs between the third and fourth toes, and symptoms include numbness, tingling, and a sensation that something is caught inside the ball of the foot. Typical treatments include padding, icing, orthotics, new shoes, and activity restrictions. When all else fails, a trip to the surgeon may be necessary. There is a natural... What's that?

Oh, yes, of course - the shot of alcohol...

Yes, a shot of alcohol appears to be quite effective at relieving the pain. This is quite good news, as it is much less invasive than surgery. It also has the advantage of not causing the permanent sense of numbness that often results form severing the nerves during surgery. But...

Here's the part where you must be careful. Though tempted, do not treat this at home with a "shot of alcohol." Yes, it will provide temporary relief. However, for a permanent fix, you'll need the injectable shot of alcohol only a doctor can provide.

...No details were available as to whether bourbon or gin was more effective over the long term.

To read more about the study, see this from ScienceDaily. To learn more about Morton's neuroma, see this from the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons.

1 Comments:

Blogger Sylvia C. said...

Tim,

This sounds like a yucky condition. I don't need to be filling my head with all these possible ailments!

Well, at least there's a partial cure, now.

Great writing!


truly,

Sylvia C.

10:45 AM  

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