The sensation that your feet are on fire is one of the primary complaints of patients who have diabetes. The sensations can also include tingling and numbing that are the result of peripheral nerve damage from the diabetes. 

The feeling that your feet are burning can range from a mild inconvenience to being extremely uncomfortable and painful. While diabetes and alcoholic neuropathy are two of the main causes, a variety of other conditions can also cause hot feet.

Conditions that can cause a sensation of hot, burning feet include the following:

  • Chronic kidney disease

  • Athlete’s foot fungal infection

  • Nail fungal infection

  • Hypothyroid diagnosis

  • Medication side effects

  • Blood vessel and artery problems

  • Neuromas

  • Nutrient imbalances

Treatments for burning feet include the following;

  • Proper diabetes management—Correct blood sugar regulation, proper diet, and taking your medications are all part of essential treatments for diabetes to help prevent further damage.

  • Vitamin therapy—Injections of vitamin B can help heal the damaged nerves.

  • Avoid consumption of alcoholic beverages—Stopping the consumption of alcohol will prevent further nerve damage and allow the nerves to heal.

  • Blood cleansing—Dialysis patients have the problem of toxic substances building up in the blood and this can cause numbness and burning in the extremities until the toxins are removed in the next dialysis session.

For a burning sensation that is caused by mechanical deformities like bunions and from nerve disorders like neuromascustom orthotic inserts can remove stress from the area and decrease the burning feeling. 

If you need help treating burning feet, contact your foot care professional. Dr. Scott Nelson of Foot and Ankle Medical Clinic in Garland, TX, is a board-certified and highly experienced podiatrist who has helped people suffering from all types of foot and ankle injuries and deformities. From bunions to diabetic foot problems, sports injuries and fungal nails, you can trust that Dr. Nelson and his staff are wholeheartedly devoted to your foot health. Please contact our office with any questions you may have or to schedule an appointment by calling 972-414-9800.

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