Most foot pain is of musculo-skeletal origins. What this means is that foot pain is a combination of muscle irritation (including tendons) and skeletal irritation which includes joints and ligament pain. Specific to the foot you may also include nerve pain as well.
Many of the various foot and ankle pain that I see on a daily basis may be treated with oral anti-inflammatory medication. Some of the more common anti-inflammatory medication on the market includes aspirin, Advil, Aleve and Motrin. (keep in mind that Tylenol does not have anti-inflammatory properties; it is strictly an analgesic).
In many cases this type of medication is very effective in reducing or eliminating musculo-skeletal pain, but there are problems associated with this class of medication. For instance, some people are allergic to this group of medication. Others in an effort to reduce their musculo-skeletal pain pop these pills on a daily basis like they are eating gum drops. The problem is that this class of medication can have dire side affects when taken for prolonged periods of time.
Most people know that prolonged use of this class of medication can cause stomach irritation leading to nausea or diarrhea. What many do not know is it can also lead to conditions such as esophagitis, stomach ulcers and internal bleeding which can lead to medical emergencies and require hospitalization.
Over a period of time this class of drugs may also lead to kidney disease and in some cases kidney failure.
Some if not most of the oral anti-inflammatory medications are also known as "sodium retainers". This means that they increase the amount of sodium in the body which in turn increases your blood pressure. That is why people with high blood pressure need to avoid these drugs, particularly older individuals.
CLICK HERE to see the FDA warning on the use of oral anti-inflammatory medication.
I spend a good part of my day lecturing patients about the potential side effects of these types of medication and the need to limit their use to short term duration. When I prescribe these medications I usually do so in 10-14 day periods; depending on how the patient is faring after that period determines whether or not I allow them to continue with the medication. In the majority of cases I do not allow my patients to go beyond 4-6 weeks of this class of medication. My feeling has always been that if the oral anti-inflammatory medication I have prescribed, either otc or prescription, has not alleviated the problem in the above time frame then I need to look for another solution.
One answer is the use of topical creams, ointments and gels that are on the market to reduce musculo-skeletal pain. Although they all seem to tout how wonderful they are, I have been less than satisfied with the response my patients are getting from their application.
You see most of the topical applications are basically skin irritants. What this means is that when you apply a certain cream to your painful area and it begins to “heat” up, in reality it is not actual heat but instead it is acting as a skin irritant which gives the false sense of “heat”. The idea here is that the brain cannot process two types of pain at the same time, in the same location so the “heat” overwhelms the actual musculo-skeletal pain and that sensation should therefore be reduced.
All you have to do is go into a drug store and you will see there is no shortage of skin irritants on the market. That tells me they must work for somebody otherwise they would have been pulled off the shelves years ago. I just do not find them to be a real solution.
On the other hand, BLU-MJK is totally different. This compound is not a skin irritant. Its active ingredient is Trolamine salicylate, which is an aspirin derivative. In combination with transdermal ingredients this medicine penetrates through the skin and actually deadens the nerve endings in the area that is painful. You might argue that you are applying an anti-inflammatory medication directly to the painful nerve endings rather than taking oral medication and therefore are avoiding all the potential for complications associated with oral medication.
BLU-MJK comes in a roll-on bottle and is applied directly to the painful area, then massaged into the skin for a couple of seconds and within a few minutes your pain will subside. Like oral anti-inflammatory medication the effects will generally last for a few hours (4-6 hours) and then may be applied again. The good news is that you may use this medication for as long as you want without the worry of stomach irritation. (This medication is not for use in people with allergies to aspirin). Some of the conditions treated with BLU-MJK include:
Now is BLU-MJK a cure for these conditions? Absolutely not, but what it does is dramatically reduce pain while the painful area is being treated by a health care individual. This roll-on may be used in conjunction with other treatment modalities.
BLU-MJK is non addictive as is does not have any affect on the central nervous system.
So whether or not you have an acute problem that is being treated by your doctor or a chronic musculo-skeletal pain where there is no long term solution then you may want to consider trying BLU-MJK. It is much safer than oral anti-inflammatory medication over the long haul.
How do I know it works? I use it myself. I had tried it on a few patients initially who all reported improvement in their pain. One day my lower back was bothering me; I applied BLU-MJK to the area, rubbed it in and within five minutes my pain was gone. Now I use it whenever I have any type of musculo-skeletal pain.Not for internal use
Each bottle supplies approximately 70 applications so it is very cost effective, more important it is safer than oral medication.