One of the primary causes of a burning feeling in your feet is peripheral neuropathy or nerve damage. The high blood sugar of diabetes is most often the cause of peripheral neuropathy, but excessive alcohol consumption can also damage nerves. If you have uncomfortable burning and numbness in your feet, see your podiatrist for the proper diagnosis and treatment.
Some other conditions that can cause your feet to feel hot include the following:
- Kidney problems
- Foot and toenail fungus
- Side effects of medications
- Circulation problems
- Tight-fitting shoes
- Foot neuroma
- Vitamin and nutrient deficiency
Treatment for Burning Feet
For patients who have diabetes, a combination of blood sugar control, diet, and medications are all part of a comprehensive treatment plan that you can discuss with your foot care professional.
Other treatments for burning feet include:
- Decreasing or eliminating alcohol consumption
- Increasing vitamin and nutrient intake
- Wearing properly fitted shoes that are comfortable and supportive but not too tight
Since the causes of hot and tingling feet can be difficult to identify, your doctor may need to perform nerve conduction studies, urine and blood tests, and in some cases, a spinal fluid exam may be necessary. For burning caused by a neuroma, specially made orthotic inserts can shift the pressure away from the ball of the foot so that healing can occur.
If you need help treating your hot feet, see your foot doctor. At Family Foot & Ankle Clinic, Dr. Stephen Markantone treats a wide variety of foot and ankle conditions including sports injuries, diabetic foot issues, pediatric foot conditions, toe and foot deformities, fungal infections, and heel problems. Equipped with the most advanced technologies and dedicated staff, Family Foot & Ankle Clinic provides individualized and high-quality care for patients in the North Versailles and Delmont, PA areas. Contact our North Versailles office at 412-824-9370 or our Delmont office at 724-733-3338 to schedule an appointment.