This is no laughing matter — Foot Orgasm Syndrome is an actual disorder. And for one 55-year-old woman in the Netherlands, the condition brought her no pleasure.
The woman, known as “Mrs. A,” awoke from a coma and began to feel a tingling sensation in her foot.
More than anything, the foot orgasms, which occurred up to six times a day, made the patient feel extremely embarrassed.
As Dr. Marcel D. Waldinger, a neuropsychiatric from Utrecht University in the Netherlands and one of the study authors, told LiveScience: “She felt terrible about it.”
Waldinger and his fellow researchers explained that since the nerves of the foot and the vagina enter the spinal cord at almost the same level, the brain must have started treating sensations from the foot as arousal signals.
Despite being an extremely rare condition with no known treatment, luckily for Mrs. A the “footgasms” were tamed thanks to anesthesia injections.
By injecting the anesthesia specifically into the nerve that receives sensory information from the foot, doctors were able to cure the patient of her embarrassing problem.
While so far she is the only known person to suffer from “foot orgasm syndrome,” researchers believe others may be suffering from the spasms as well but are too embarrassed to talk about it.