Alcoholics with bunions may be more prone to falls
A new study reveals that alcohol abuse can lead to imbalanced biomechanics
A study that was recently published in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research explains that alcoholics may experience a compromised gait and imbalanced landing mechanics, which may lead to instability, falls and, potentially. This may be especially troublesome when combined with bunions.
The team of scientists sought to find whether abstaining from alcohol could reverse this effect, and their results appear to be encouraging for individuals with this type of addiction.
In a study involving 70 individuals who had been sober for a maximum of 15 months and 82 people who had an average of 7 years of sobriety under their belt, the researchers observed that abstinence can lead to a recovery of proper landing mechanics and balance. Moreover, the study authors noted that cessation in alcohol intake appeared to restore brain function associated with gait.
"This means there is hope for significant recovery of balance function with extended abstinence," said corresponding author Stan Smith.
Individuals who may have developed bunions or hammer toe as a result of impaired landing mechanics may want to consider bunion splints or orthotics, which can help correct the deformities in a non-invasive way.
People who are struggling with alcohol dependence should see their
healthcare provider regarding treatment options for this serious