If you are noticing a burning sensation in your feet, there may be serious medical conditions that are associated. Burning feet is often a symptom that can manifest into a serious condition, such as diabetic neuropathy, athlete’s foot, vitamin deficiency, or worse.
Read below as Dr. Harvey Danciger gives insight to these burning feet causes so you can be informed of warning signs your feet may be giving you. They include:
- Athlete’s foot. This fungal infection develops in moist areas and usually between your toes or other parts of your foot. Burning is a common symptom that occurs, along with itching, and stinging. Athlete’s foot is contagious and antifungal medication can be taken to treat the condition. Protect your feet from this fungal infection by washing your feet regularly and drying in between your toes thoroughly. Wear proper fitting shoes especially if you are using public facilities, such as showers or swimming pools, as they are prone to fungal growth.
- Vitamin deficiency anemia. A lack of healthy red blood cells due to decreased intake amount of folate, vitamin B-12, and vitamin C can result in vitamin deficiency anemia. The sensation of your feet burning is often a symptom along with weakness and shortness of breath. Vitamin deficiency anemia can be corrected with vitamin supplements and changes to your diet.
- Tarsal tunnel syndrome. Pain, numbness and a burning sensation, along the inside of your ankle or foot, can be a result of compression on your posterior tibial nerve creating tarsal tunnel syndrome. Depending on the severity, medication, physical therapy, or orthotic devices are all treatment options that can help relieve symptoms.
- Diabetic neuropathy. If you have diabetes, nerve damage can occur in your legs and feet resulting in neuropathy. Symptoms include burning, painful, or numb feet and can even create greater problems with your digestive system, blood vessels and heart. Although diabetic neuropathy is a serious complication of diabetes, it is common and can be controlled with blood sugar control and a healthy lifestyle.
Don’t ignore the warning signs! If you are experiencing any of the above conditions, please contact our office to set up an appointment with Dr. Danciger for an evaluation.