Hot or Burning Feet

The sensation that your feet are burning can be particularly unnerving, to say the least. And peripheral neuropathy, which is a primary cause of that burning foot feeling, is a result of damage to or constriction of your nerves. This phenomenon has a range of severity from merely a mild, inconveniencing numbness to debilitating burning and pain that can be totally disabling. The most common cause of burning feet syndrome is complications from diabetes. Excessive alcohol consumption over a long period of time can also cause damage to the peripheral nerves causing burning and numbness.


Some other conditions that can cause you to experience hot feet are:


  • Kidney disease
  • Athlete’s foot and nail fungus
  • Hypothyroid
  • Medication side effects
  • Blood vessel swelling
  • Morton’s neuroma
  • Vitamin deficiency
  • Artery disease


Treatment for hot feet caused by diabetes should be discussed with your doctor. A combination or blood sugar control, diet, and medications are all part of a comprehensive treatment plan.


Other treatments for burning feet sensations may include:


  • Eliminate alcohol—this will help prevent additional nerve damage and allow damaged nerves to begin the healing process.
  • Kidney dialysis—Toxins built up in the blood can cause numbness and burning in the feet, and cleaning the blood removes these toxins.
  • Vitamin injections—since low B vitamins can cause burning feet problems, injections can often help heal the damaged nerves.


The causes of hot feet can be many and varied. Your doctor may suggest a variety of tests including nerve conduction, urine and blood tests, and possibly a spinal fluid test. For burning caused by mechanical deformities such as neuromas, special orthotic inserts bay be helpful at isolating the area and allowing healing to commence.


The foot specialists at ETL Podiatry in Briarwood and Melville, NY, have extensive experience in treating burning feet, and all other types of foot and ankle problems. Our team of doctors is dedicated to serving you with all of the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies. If you have any questions or would like to make an appointment, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Melville, NY (631-549-8637) and Briarwood, NY (929-336-4523).