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Having a sensation of burning feet can be caused by many conditions. The most common cause is peripheral neuropathy from diabetic nerve damage that is caused by poorly controlled blood sugar levels. Symptoms include a sense of tingling and numbness and a burning sensation that can range from mild to severe. Excessive alcohol consumption can also damage the peripheral nerves and cause a burning feeling.
The uncomfortable sensation that your feet are burning can be caused by the following:
- Systemic problems like kidney and liver disease
- Vitamin, mineral and other nutrient deficiencies
- Various thyroid conditions
- Side effects of certain medicines
- Toxic chemical and heavy metal contamination
- Circulatory problems
- Peripheral neuropathy, neuroma, and other nerve disorders
- Peripheral artery disease
- Fungal nails and bacterial infections
Since diagnosing the cause of the feeling of burning feet may require specific tests, you need to see your foot doctor for the proper diagnosis. Tests may include nerve conduction studies, bodily fluid analysis, and electromyography.
Treatments for burning feet:
- The right shoes with orthotic inserts—Correctly fitted footwear with custom made orthotic inserts can treat a variety of conditions that create a burning foot sensation including foot neuroma and sesamoiditis. Special shoes and braces for patients with diabetes will also help decrease the annoyance of burning feet.
- Decrease or avoid consumption of alcohol
- Vitamin and nutrient supplementation—Getting proper amounts of calcium and magnesium may require taking supplements. It’s also very important to get the right amount of B vitamins, all of which can help stop your feet from burning.
If you are experiencing burning foot pain, it is important to see your foot specialist to receive the correct care. Consult with the foot doctors at Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC. Our team of board-certified podiatrists includes Dr. Greg Khaimov, Dr. Daniel Pollack, Dr. Walter Majdanski, Dr. Yakov Haimof, Dr. Mathew Yagudayev, and Dr. Kevin Jeong. The center offers convenient locations in Fort Lee NJ, Ringwood NJ, Flushing Queens NY, Woodhaven NY, Brooklyn NY, and Forest Hills NY. Contact us at (201) 363-9844 and schedule an appointment today!
A foot ulcer is one of the most problematic of events for a patient with diabetes. Since the peripheral neuropathy of diabetes causes a lack of sensation in the extremities, the feet become extremely susceptible to sores and cuts. These injuries can rapidly deteriorate into gangrenous ulcers, possibly requiring amputation of a toe or the entire foot if the infection has spread too far.
The best way to prevent foot ulcers and to avoid the complications and possible amputation risks is to take good care of your feet.
Some excellent methods for preventing diabetic foot ulcers include the following:
- Proper footwear—Wearing shoes that are too tight is one of the most common contributors to diabetic foot problems. You also don’t want your shoes to be too loose in order to prevent friction and blisters or other damage to the skin. Your toes need to have enough room to move around, and your ankles and arches need to be adequately supported. Specially designed shoes for those with diabetes have extra room for shoe inserts and ankle supports. Don’t forget about your socks. Socks for patients with diabetes are seamless and have extra cushioning, while the tops are less restrictive to help promote blood circulation.
- Daily foot inspections—Since nerve damage makes it difficult or impossible to know when you have an injury to your foot, it’s very important to perform a thorough foot inspection every day. Look for any blisters, cuts, or other wounds. Also pay attention to cracks in the skin that can allow bacteria to enter, possibly causing infection. Check the bottoms of your feet using a mirror, and be sure to carefully inspect between the toes. Remember to always look carefully at your toenails for signs of a fungal nail infection.
For more expert advice on foot ulcer prevention and treatment, consult with our board certified podiatrists at Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC. The center offers convenient locations in Fort Lee NJ, Ringwood NJ, Flushing Queens NY, Woodhaven NY, Brooklyn NY, and Forest Hills NY. Contact us at (201) 363-9844 and schedule an appointment today!