Diabetes | November 18, 2016 | Author: Naturopath
Mayo Clinic defines burning feet as “the sensation that your feet are painfully hot - can be mild or severe”. A pins and needles sensation or numbness, or both, may also accompany burning feet. Burning feet syndrome is most common in people over 50 years, although it can occur in any age group. The symptoms usually worsen at night and improve at daytime.
Many different causes for this common syndrome have been identified ranging from a deficiency of certain nutrients, diababets, hypothyroidism, autoimmune disease and carpul tunnel syndrome being just some common causes.
Several vitamin deficiencies have been associated with burning feet syndrome. These include:
Poor blood sugar control in diabetes can lead to nerve damage, called diabetic neuropathy. This serious complication of diabetes causes symptoms such as tingling, numbness, or burning pains in your legs and feet that are usually more noticeable in bed at night.
Excessive drinking can damage your nerves, causing tingling and pain in your limbs. This is called alcoholic neuropathy. Furthermore, excessive alcohol intake is associated with nutritional malabsorption of thiamine, niacin and vitamin C, which can contribute to the neurological damage. Abstaining from alcohol and improvement of nutritional intake may improve symptoms of alcoholic neuropathy.
A rare disorder caused by compression to the tibial nerve, as it passes through the tarsal tunnel (also called entrapment neuropathy). There are many possible causes for this disorder, and it manifests in symptoms such as shooting pain in the foot, numbness, tingling, or burning sensation.
Possible treatment options may include:
- anti-inflammatory medications
- steroid injections into the nerves in the tarsal tunnel to relieve pressure and swelling
A long-term untreated underactive thyroid may be a cause of peripheral neuropathy (damage to your peripheral nerves), leading to the sensation of burning feet. Managing the underlying hypothyroidism by taking oral thyroid hormones often reverse the burning feet symptoms.
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Certain chemotherapy drugs can damage to nerves that control the sensations and movements of our arms and legs, resulting in symptoms such as shooting pain, burning, tingling, and loss of feeling. There is no way to prevent the damage, however there are things that your doctor may do to try to lower your risk, such as giving smaller doses of drugs over a longer time.
An uncommon disorder characterised by burning pain, warmth, and redness of the extremities, which has also been associated with other disorders including systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), HIV infection, diabetes, venous insufficiency, rheumatoid arthritis, and gout.
Certain gene mutations can lead to sensory symptoms in the feet. No treatment is currently available.
Self care for burning feet include resting and elevating your feet, switching to more comfortable shoes, bathing your feet in cool water and generally supporting your feet.
In some cases medical care is necessary, especially if the following occur:
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