Causes of Burning Feet
Most often, neuropathy is the cause of burning feet. Damaged nerve fibers are more likely to become overactive and misfire. The damaged nerves send pain signals to the brain even though there is no wound or injury.
In most people with neuropathy, the leg nerves become damaged first. These people often have tingling and numbness in the feet as well. Many people complain that their feet are overly sensitive to touch (hyperesthesia) and can have varying degrees of burning pain. It can range from mild to disabling.
Diabetes and alcohol abuse are by far the most common causes of neuropathy in the legs. Many other conditions can cause neuropathy or a burning sensation in the feet:
- Chronic kidney disease (uremia)
- Small fiber neuropathy
- Vitamin deficiency (vitamin B12 and occasionally vitamin B6)
- Alcohol abuse
- Low thyroid hormone levels (hypothyroidism)
- Lyme disease
- Amyloid polyneuropathy
- Drug side effects, including chemotherapy drugs, vitamin B6 overdose, HIV medicines, isoniazid, amiodarone, metformin, and others
- Heavy metal poisoning (lead, mercury, arsenic)
- Vasculitis (inflammation of blood vessels)
- Guillain-Barre syndrome
- Edema or fluid retention
Besides neuropathy, infections and inflammation of the feet can also cause a burning sensation. The most common of these is athlete’s foot, an infection of the skin caused by fungus.
Peripheral artery disease (PAD) also commonly causes burning feet. The poor circulation of blood to the feet may frequently cause pain, tingling, and burning feet, especially while walking.
Weeks or months after gastric bypass surgery, some people experience a burning feet sensation. Poor absorption of B vitamins after gastric bypass can cause neuropathy in the legs and a sensation of burning feet.
Treatments for Burning Feet
The most important treatment for burning feet due to neuropathy is to stop any ongoing nerve damage. In some cases treatment of the underlying disease will improve the neuropathy and symptoms. In other situations, like a small fiber neuropathy, where no cause can be identified, the physician will focus on treating the person’s symptoms.
For people with diabetic neuropathy, treatment means keeping blood sugar levels in the normal range. This usually requires dietary changes, oral medications, and often insulin injections.
For people with other forms of neuropathy that cause burning feet, preventing further nerve damage is equally important. Specific conditions and their treatments include:
- Vitamin deficiency. Taking additional vitamin B12 orally or by injection can replace low levels of this nutrient. Talk to your doctor, because only the doctor can give Vitamin B12 injections.
- Alcoholism. Stopping excessive drinking prevents ongoing nerve damage and allows nerves to heal.
- Chronic kidney disease. Dialysis may be necessary to eliminate toxins causing neuropathy and burning feet symptoms.
- Hypothyroidism. Taking oral synthetic thyroid hormone raises low thyroid levels, often reversing neuropathy as well as burning feet symptoms.
- Blood Sugar Control. When people with diabetes keep their blood sugar levels under control, they can stop any further damage to nerve system. Take the Manna Blood Sugar Support supplement with each meal to help control blood glucose levels. Follow a low glycemic diet for effective blood glucose control with what you eat (see the Manna Diet)
Effective and fast Relief from Burning and swollen Feet
Rub the Tired Foot Gel on your feet and get immediate relief from burning and swollen feet. You can also rub the gel on your feet when you are flying, because it will prevent your feet from swelling.