Are you experiencing an unusual burning sensation in your feet? Burning feet is surprisingly common and has a long list of causes and solutions. Your pain may range from mild to severe, but either way, it’s important to talk to your podiatrist about your symptoms. Burning feet is a sign of an underlying condition, which can worsen if left untreated. Here’s our simple guide to burning feet and how you can beat it!
Where Is It Coming From?
You’re probably wondering why your feet feel like they’re burning. What causes burning feet? If it’s accompanied by inflammation or you have an existing foot condition, like a skin infection, it’s most likely a side effect. But if the burning is consistent, you may have nerve damage. When damaged nerves become overactive, they send pain signals to your brain despite there being no real injury or wound. Here’s where that uncomfortable sensation could be coming from:
- Alcohol overconsumption
- Athlete’s foot
- Complex regional pain syndrome
- Chronic kidney disease
- Diabetic neuropathy
- Heavy metal poisoning
- Gastric bypass surgery
- Peripheral artery disease
- Vitamin deficiency
How Can My Podiatrist Help?
The first step to overcoming burning feet is to call your podiatrist and get their assistance. In order to stop your pain, tests will likely need to be done. This includes nerve conduction studies, lab analysis, and electromyography. From there, your foot doctor will give you treatment options depending on what their diagnosis is. Treatments usually include…
- Finding the right pair of shoes
- Custom orthotics (particularly if you have nerve damage)
- Treating your diabetes or any other chronic diseases
- Prescribed medications
- Including vitamins and supplements like B12 into your diet
- Limiting your alcohol intake
- Antifungal prescriptions
If you’re experiencing burning feet, give our office a call and talk about your symptoms! At Advanced Foot Care of NJ, LLC, Dr. Anant Joshi treats a range of conditions, including Achilles tendonitis, ankle sprains, athlete’s foot, complications from diabetes, fractures, fungal toenails, and more. He also performs foot and ankle surgery. To schedule an appointment, contact his office in Woodland Park, NJ, at 973-256-0002.