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Burning Feet

Burning feet is a common complaint among many groups of people, most commonly in the older group over 50 years of age.


What Causes Burning Feet?

Burning Feet

There are many different causes for burning feet. It is most prevalent in diabetics who often have a mixture of burning feet and loss of sensation on the bottom of the foot.

However, there are many other causes for this symptom. Alcohol is high on the index of suspicion for this complaint. Neuropathy and loss of sensation secondary to alcohol ingestion over long periods of time. Other causes include thyroid dysfunction and gastric restriction in morbid obesity produce symptoms of burning feet.

Some of the infectious diseases, such as leishmaniasis, a rarely reported neurologic change secondary to a bacteria, also cause these symptoms. Thrombocytopenia also produces this symptom. However, the most common denominator for burning foot syndrome is usually a diabetic who has been insulin dependent for many years, producing a variety of secondary complaints such as vitamin deficiency to include thiamin.

Mechanical causes include nerve entrapment syndrome such as tarsal tunnel syndrome, which causes compression of the nerve as it enters the foot from the ankle. Neuroma pain, a pinched nerve between the 3rd-4th toes has been implicated in the symptom of burning feet.

What is the Treatment for Burning Feet?

Treatments vary, depending on the cause of the burning foot syndrome. The most important aspect of this symptom is accurate diagnosis.


The diagnostic modalities employed in diagnosis are nerve conduction velocity testing, x-ray evaluation, and MRI is helpful in establishing the underlying cause. Blood tests to determine blood dyscrasias (changes) can be helpful. The most important tool for establishment of an accurate diagnosis is adequate history and physical examination by a physician trained in these area. The best physician for this malady is a neurologist, internist, or podiatrist.

Boswella Cream or Boswella capsules help to improve the blood flow to joints and restore the integrity of blood vessels obliterated by spasm of internal damage. Magnetic therapy insoles are also suggested in relieving this condition.

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