Burning Feet: Causes, Prevention, and Treatment

foot neuropathyBurning feet can have several different causes, we explore those and find ways to prevent and treat the burning foot problem.


Hot Shoes and Insoles

You may have a sensitivity to the fabric or leather dye in your shoes or socks, or even the detergent used to wash your socks. Vary these to see if this might be the cause. Choose mesh shoes vs. full leather so your feet have a chance to breathe.

Athlete’s Foot

With athlete’s foot, the burning is limited to the area of the fungal infection. Usually it will also be itchy, red, scaling, cracking. Good foot care is the key to battling athlete’s foot. The fungus likes to grow in damp places, so change your shoes frequently allowing them to dry out. Wash and dry your feet after walking. There are various powders and remedies to treat athlete’s foot as well.

Peripheral Neuropathy

This is damage to the nerves, in this case the nerves to your feet. Burning is one symptom of peripheral neuropathy, but it can also be a “pins and needles” sensation, numbness, tickling or tingling. One of the most common causes of peripheral neuropathy is diabetes. If you are experiencing burning feet and haven’t had a medical checkup in a while, it is a good idea to stop putting it off and to discuss it with your doctor. Diabetes can come on at any age and it pays to begin addressing it immediately. Other conditions that can produce peripheral neuropathy include AIDS, alcohol abuse, Vitamin B-12 deficiency, heavy metal poisoning, and circulatory disorders. Exercise such as walking is good for peripheral neuropathy as it improves circulation to the feet. Massaging the feet also increases circulation.


Help for Burning Feet

  • After walking, immediately change out of your shoes and socks, allowing the   shoes to dry.
  • Soak your feet in cool water; do not use ice.
  • Pain relievers such as aspirin or acetaminophen
  • Try changes in your shoes, socks, and insoles
  • Rotate your shoes and socks, both between walking sessions and during the day.
  • See your doctor for a checkup and mention the problem as well as any tingling, numbness, etc. in hands or other areas.


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