A burning sensation in your feet may be caused by nerve damage in the legs, also called neuropathy
. Although many medical conditions can cause burning feet, diabetesis the most common. Most burning feet treatments focus on preventing further nerve damage and reducing pain
Causes of burning feet
most often, neuropathy is the cause of burning feet. Damaged nerve fibers are more likely to become overactive and misfire. The damaged nerves send pain signals to the brain even though there is no wound.
In most people with neuropathy, the leg nerves become damaged first. These people often have tingling
in the feet as well. Many people complain that their feet are overly sensitive to touch (hyperesthesia) and can have varying degrees of burning pain. It can range from mild to disabling.
Diabetes and alcohol abuse
are by far the most common causes of neuropathy in the legs. Many other conditions can cause neuropathy or a burning sensation in the feet:
besides neuropathy, infections and inflammation of the feet can also cause a burning sensation. The most common of these is athlete's foot
, an infection
of the skin caused by fungus.
Peripheral artery disease (pad) also commonly causes burning feet. The poor circulation of blood to the feet may frequently cause pain, tingling, and burning feet, especially while walking.
•chronic kidney disease
•small fiber neuropathy
•vitamin deficiency (vitamin b12, folate, and occasionally vitamin b6)
•low thyroid hormone levels (hypothyroidism)
•drug side effects, including chemotherapy
drugs, vitamin b6 overdose, hiv
, metformin, and others
•heavy metal poisoning
(lead, mercury, arsenic)
•vasculitis (inflammation of bloodvessels)
•guillain-barre syndrome (gbs)
•chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy
•always use the footwear of proper fitting and which is comfortable.
•always use socks. Never use shoes without socks.
•after a long day work, it is advisable to stretch and also to ice your feet.
•provide rest to your feet as much as you can.
•avoid the use of alcohol or any narcotic items.
•acupuncture or magnetic therapy shall be done whenever possible to keep the nerves active.
•follow all the instructions as given by the doctor.