Having the feeling that your feet are burning can be caused by a variety of conditions including the primary cause which is diabetic nerve damage. This damage, called diabetic neuropathy, creates a sense of tingling, numbness, and burning that usually gets more pronounced as the condition progresses. Excessive alcohol consumption can also cause nerve damage and the sensation of burning feet.
Additionally, the sensation of burning feet can be caused by:
- Kidney, liver, and other organ diseases
- Vitamin and nutrient deficits
- Thyroid problems
- The side effects of certain medications
- Heavy metal contamination in the blood and body
- Circulation abnormalities
- Peripheral artery disease
- Fungal infections of the feet and toenails
Diagnosing the sensation of burning feet requires expert help and can be accomplished with electromyography, nerve conduction studies, and blood, urine and spinal fluid tests. Wearing properly fitted footwear with custom made orthotic shoe inserts can treat a variety of conditions that create the sensation of burning in your feet. Morton’s neuroma and sesamoiditis are two common conditions that can be treated with the proper use of orthotic inserts. Concentrated vitamin B and mineral nutritional supplements can improve nerve function and often tame the burning sensations in the less severe cases.
If you are currently suffering with the pain of hot feet, your foot doctor is here to help. At Your Next Step, our team of board-certified podiatrists has access to advanced technologies, along with years of experience, to help diagnose and treat a variety of foot and ankle problems, including sports injuries, joint pain, toe deformities, nail fungus, chronic tendon pain, and skin problems. Dr. Eric Ricefield, Dr. Mark Yagodich and Dr. Aliza V. Eisen provide high-quality foot and ankle care to patients in the greater Philadelphia area at our offices conveniently located in Ardmore, Paoli, Woodlyn, and Downingtown. Please contact us for more information or to schedule an appointment.