Freaky Friday: Footgasms DO exist!

People with Foot Orgasm Syndrome give new meaning to the term Happy FeetTypically, my Friday posts are G-rated, devoted to fun crafts you can do with your children’s feet.  But this week, I’ve decided to mix it up a little bit, delving into PG (or even PG-13) territory. I hope you’ll bear with me.

In 2013, Prof. Marcel Waldinger, a neuropsychiatrist on staff at Drexel University published a paper about a woman who began experiencing spontaneous orgasms in her left foot after waking from a coma that followed gallbladder surgery.  Apparently, the woman suffered foot damage during her coma, and to compensate, the brain interpreted signals from that appendage as though they were coming from a very different body part. Eventually, the woman was cured by injections of local anaesthetic to her spinal cord; the footgasms tapered off, then stopped entirely.

But the experience prompted Waldinger to launch a global search for individuals with similar predicaments. And he found…wait for it…over 100 other people just like his first patient! Enough to give the condition an official title—Foot Orgasm Syndrome.

So there you have it. Feet: they’re more than just for walking. NOW do you see why it’s so important to take good care of them through regular appointments with your local podiatrist?

Dr. Andrew Schneider
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Dr. Andrew Schneider is a podiatrist and foot surgeon at Tanglewood Foot Specialists in Houston, TX.
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