Help! My Feet are Burning!

Most of the time the sensation of burning feet is caused by neuropathy, which is nerve damage that causes tingling and numbness, and varying amounts of burning pain that can range from mild to disabling. By far the most common causes of neuropathy are diabetes and alcohol abuse, but many other conditions can cause a burning sensation in your feet. These include:


  • Vitamin B deficiency
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Drug side effects
  • Heavy metal poisoning
  • Inflammation of the blood vessels
  • Neuromas
  • Peripheral Artery Disease
  • Athlete’s foot fungus

Most of the time, diagnosing burning feet is relatively straightforward, since an underlying condition, such as diabetes, is implicated. However, additional testing may be necessary, especially if the burning sensation came on suddenly. These tests may include electromyography, nerve conduction studies, and sometimes tests of the urine, blood or spinal fluid may be recommended.

Treatment for diabetic neuropathy involves keeping your blood sugar levels in the proper range with correct diet, and medications, which usually includes insulin injections.

Some of the treatments to address non-diabetic neuropathy and prevent further nerve damage include:

  • Vitamin B injections
  • Dialysis of the kidneys to remove toxins that may be causing burning feet symptoms.
  • Avoiding alcohol prevents ongoing nerve damage and allows damaged nerves to heal.
  • Raising low thyroid levels can dramatically reverse neuropathy and the resultant burning feet sensation.

In some cases of burning feet, such as with neuromas, your foot doctor may suggest cushioned inserts and properly fitted footwear or orthotics to relieve pressure and improve mechanical problems.

If you are currently experiencing burning foot pain, the foot specialists at Havertown Podiatry, in Havertown, PA are experts in all aspects of foot and ankle care. Our team of doctors is dedicated to serving you with all of the latest diagnostic equipment and services. Please contact our office with any questions you may have or to make an appointment by calling 610-449-3344.

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