Burning Feet

What Causes Burning Feet?

Burning feet can occur with many different medical conditions. Some specific conditions which more commonly cause hot feet or a burning sensation include:

  • Biomechanical overload
  • Diabetic Neuropathy
  • Nutritional Deficency of Vitamin B (i.e. B1, B6, B12)
  • Chronic Alcoholism
  • Hypothyroidism.

Other causes may include Metatarsalgia, Morton's Neuroma, Athletes Foot or Tinea Pedis, and in some cases infection not just locally but systemically. Leprosy and HIV are examples of sytemic infections which can cause hot feet.

Sensitivity to chemical substances in socks and shoes (i.e. Contact Dermatitis) should also be considered as a possible cause.

Ischemia, Venous Insufficiency, Peripheral Vascular Disease and Sciatica should also be ruled out as a possible cause. Some drug interactions, heavy metals and chemical intoxicants (e.g. lead and arsenic) can also give rise to a burning sensation in the feet.

Sarcoidosis, Porphyria and spinal tumours are also possible causes.

The key point here is to ascertain an accurate diagnosis before commencing treatment.

What Treatment Is Best For Burning Feet?

It is important to determine the cause of your burning sensation in the feet so that appropriate treatment and care can be implemented to deal with the problem of the "feeling of hot feet".

Cold foot wraps are available and can be used but should never be used until the cause of the burning sensation has been determined. Symptoms associated with burning feet may also include neuropathy, painful numb feet and sometimes you may experience tingling feet or a "pins and needles" sensation. All these symptoms may indicate other systemic disorders which need to be evaluated and managed correctly.

To find a Podiatrist or foot specialist to help you determine the cause of your hot feet, visit: Find a Podiatrist for my burning feet.

WARNING : This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace professional podiatric advice. Treatment will vary between individuals depending upon your diagnosis and presenting complaint. An accurate diagnosis can only be made following personal consultation with a Podiatrist, your Doctor or your foot specialist.

Still unsure about your problem? Visit our Foot Problems page and ask us a question about your specific problem. We'll do our best to help.

Return to Home page

Recent Articles

  1. Burning Feet

    Feb 27, 20 01:51 PM

    A guide on possible causes of burning feet and how to best manage and prevent hot feet.

    Read More

  2. Aching Feet... Is it really normal to have tired, sore feet?

    Feb 27, 20 01:33 PM

    Aching feet are one of the most common foot pain complaints encountered by Podiatrists. Common causes of sore feet are discussed along with treatment options.

    Read More

  3. A Hammer Toe Guide.

    Jan 24, 20 07:32 PM

    Your hammer toe questions answered including current hammer toe treatment and prevention options available.

    Read More