Are you worried about your Burning Feet?
There are however numerous possible causes and if symptoms are particularly severe causing you to have trouble sleeping or worse, diagnosis from your GP is recommended.
If your symptoms are mild to moderate there are a few things you can try at home to alleviate the pain and discomfort that you are feeling from burning feet. First of all you can try soaking your feet in cool water to provide temporary relief (avoid using really cold water). Massaging can stimulate blood flow to soothe your symptoms.
We can also try the RICE technique:
Rest - Getting off your feet and not subjecting them to more physical activity, weight, and stress.
Ice - Using ice packs on the area of injury to reduce swelling and inflammation.
Compress - Wrapping the foot in a bandage or compression sleeve (not too tight).
Elevate - Lying down with the foot raised and supported can also help to alleviate pain and reduce further swelling.
If burning feet symptoms last more than a few days, are causing you serious pain or affecting your daily life then a full medical diagnosis may be needed to determine the cause. Burning feet can be an indicator for more serious health conditions, including diabetes, HIV/AIDS, and kidney disease.
A doctor will provide you with a thorough physical exam, including asking questions about your past medical history and lifestyle, take blood tests and conduct tests on your nervous system. After this they should have a much better idea of what is causing your burning feet, if it was not clear already.
- Alcohol use disorder
- Athlete's foot
- Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease
- Chronic kidney disease
- Complex regional pain syndrome (chronic pain due to a dysfunctional nervous system)
- Diabetic neuropathy (nerve damage caused by diabetes)
- Hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid)
- Tarsal tunnel syndrome
- Vitamin deficiency anemia